I must say that I am shocked at the support for the open seating. I've heard many complaints but I have never heard this much postive feedback.
We are the evil family (2 adults, 2 children) vacation flyers that so many of you dread sitting next to. We fly two or three times a year between CMH and MCO. There is one other flight that I make solo. We make our reservations well in advance. I dislike the open seating policy. I fly Southwest because of the price and/or the non-stop service. Given the same flight for the same price, I would pick the airline with the assigned seating. As long as Southwest has a substantially lower price, I would probably put up with the open seating policy. Currently, we can preboard and, in attempt to save most of you here from having to be seated near us, we go to the very back of the plane if we can make it past the people who have carried 17 pieces of luggage on (13 of which won't fit in the overhead to begin with). I am one that does not care where I sit on a plane as long as my family of 4 can be together. I rue the day that we have to return to the A-B-C line and witness the rude behaviors that take place there on occasion. With everybody checking in 24 hours in advance, you could find yourself in the "C" boarding pass group pretty quickly.
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