I vote to keep the open seating policy. When passengers have assigned seats they get to the airport later, disappear into the bar, wander off to shop and engage in activities that delay loading. You hear the pages in airports all the time "Mr. Smith, your flight is leaving". Southwest's current system rewards those who plan ahead, arrive ahead and take up their position in line in the most democratic system known. I have to fly certain locations on carriers who assign seats. I believe Southwest's system is much quicker and more efficient. One of the posters is correct, going to assigned seating will simply make Southwest appear as just another airline. I believe open seating is one of the keys to quick turn around and your great on-time service in most markets.
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