You've got be kidding -- Southwest is doing away with preboarding for families with small children?
Having recently traveled with my first child -- a 7-month-old -- I've discovered it is absolutely necessary to board first. It makes no sense to have families lug their baby and all of his/her stuff halfway down the plane bumping into other passengers along the way. It takes less time and makes everyone much happier to get the kids situated first. Plus, this way passengers who don't want to sit near the kids can easily choose a seat a few aisles down.
I do my part -- I buy my child a seat (even though he's a lap baby) and check-in online to ensure we're in the A-group. I bring as many toys as possible to keep him quiet.
Really, how much of an inconvenience is it to allow families to board early? We're already on edge and worried about our kids bothering the other passengers.
A little special treatment is appropriate!
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