From what I understand, the unassigned seats only saves time in bookings. That way, WN
doesn't have to pay the operators to look for "4 seats behind the wing," "in front of the wing," "closest to the bathroom," "isn't the exit row open?" etc, etc. Just think of all the time you would save by not moving families around the plane so all the little trolls could sit with mommy and daddy. You could keep your 26 minute turn around time boarding by zone. And, respectfully, I disagree with the idea of WN
having unassigned seats because the passengers want it. If that's the case, (1) Why are they considering even thinking about changing it, and (2) why haven't all other carriers done this? If I, along with many other travelers, KNOW they have a SEAT BY
NUMBER, they would simply feel better. True, this might lead to passengers sitting in the bar for one more beer because they have a "seat," but there is an equal amount of WN
flyers who sit there and drink another beer because they can board any time, especially business travelers flying alone. And finally, and most importantly, (3) If you ask ANYONE, what would you rather do, sit in a seat (at the terminal) and wait for the boarding to start, or stand in a line for an hour so you can get a good seat and/or sit with your traveling group? There is NO ONE at SWA that can convince me that passengers would rather stand in line just to sit with family. NO ONE. They stand in line for an hour just SO they can sit with their companions, not because they prefer standing. If the reason given by WN
for unassigned seats is "because passengers prefer it," I simply can't believe that.
Again, I continue to fly WN
because of price, but if Frontier in Nashville could offer the same flights to Las Vegas, Chicago, etc, and keep the same price, you better think I wouldn't hesitate to fly them or anyone who offers the same price over WN
, even if it's on an Airbus!!
flight I took to Lihue in September arrived in SFO
and sat on the runway, gate 88, for about an hour and a half before boarding started. I noticed a large number of UA
planes just sitting there. Their boarding problems aren't with the passengers, it's the fact that the scheduling doesn't keep them flying.