Yipee!! I LUV this new policy, and I'm not a business traveler or a frequent traveler, nor am I married to one. Business travelers and frequent flyers know how to board and deboard quickly. They have places to go and people to see. They are not lugging screaming kids, carseats, strollers, etc. Let's face it, business travelers get on and off planes much faster than familes with children and their 5 pieces of child-related items.
I have no problem with families being allowed to preboard -- just make them sit at the rear of the plane. That way they can still sit together, won't be bumping people with all their paraphernalia walking down the isles, and they can take all the time they need to settle into their seats without holding up the other passengers. When it's time to deboard, they'll have plenty of time to gather up their kids and stuff without all the other passengers stuck behind them waiting, and waiting and waiting.
Kuddos to you Southwest!
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I LOVE THIS NEW BOARDING PROCEDURE, especially no more preboarding for families. I'm tired of familes using their children as an excuse to get the choice seats on an airplane. If it takes so long to get children situated, and you need to get on the plane first, I'm fine with that -- as long as you board from the back of the plane forward!! Now how many of you people with kids are willing to do that? Since you claim you need extra time to get situated (and you need the same amount of time whether you board first or between the As and Bs), by boarding from the back of the plane forward you aren't holding up anybody.
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