It's not the fee that's bothersome, it's that if everyone purchases the option, then how to the boarding positions get assigned? If I bought the early-bird option 4 months before my flight, do I get a lower boarding position than someone who buys it 4 weeks or 4 days before the flight?
The flight attendants will have to stop people from saving seats, too. If one person in a group of six pays the fee and tries to save 5 seats, I can see a lot of people getting very upset.
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