In the last 2 weeks I have been on 4 SW flights. On 2 of those flights, I encountered people saving seats. Last night, one man was saving an entire row for his family. If the policy were truly open seating, why is he allowed to save an entire row? My husband and I were forced further back in the plane to find seats together. I have read the SW policies as I tweeted about them last night. So what I have learned from my experiences at SW over the last 2 weeks, is this: Save some money - only 1 person in your party needs earlybird check-in and they can save seats for the rest. - (I plan on sending this one out all over social media.) The gate attendants stress that if you want to board together, then you need to board with the higher numbers. This does not mean that you will all sit together based on where you can find seats with the "open seating" policy. Some flight attendants will aid in your saving a seat for someone with whom you are travelling. They will also not allow others to place their items in the overhead bin. RSW to BWI on March 24th. My own experiences with SW over the last 2 weeks makes me truly believe that the "open seating" policy is a farce. As someone else stated, if it were truly open seating it is first come first served and saving seats would be taboo.
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