Southwest - don't change your seating arrangements.
The first time I flew Southwest, I too was surprised by the open seating. Because I was expecting the same arrangements as with other airlines I did not check in early. I was in time for the flight and in no danger of being left behind but I also did not get the best seat on the plane. I liked (actually enjoyed) the care, attention and even entertainment that was that flight. I learned - get there early - that requires planning. If you get there early you have a chance to get the BEST seat on the plane, whatever you might consider that to be. Why should I and other passengers run the risk of having to pay more and get less service because other passengers don't plan and get there just in time. Remember the old saying "lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part." Southwest - LEAVE THE SEATING ALONE!!!.
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