Why are you against not having an assigned seat?
I am all for it and, despite flying many times with FR
, I have never experienced any problem with boarding. Indeed, no-one seems to push but rather board and que in an orderly fashion. Then again, it is customary in the UK to que properly - not push and shove. I suspect that it's the same in America, too. But it might be a problem in less developed countries, where it's generally accepted to push your way to the front of the que (from my backpacking experience).
Easyjet, for example, has a policy whereby its passengers board according to their boarding number. For example, passengers with infants or those requiring assistance go first, then it's passengers with boarding cards 1-30, then 31-60 and so forth. This obviously aids the boarding process.
With the boarding aid, above, in place, there is very little reason to have an assigned seat. If you are worried about not securing a 'good' seat, turn up at the airport early, for boarding is done on a first-come, first-served basis - and this is, to me, the best way of doing it.
[Edited 2003-12-22 10:34:25]
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