I've flown FR and U2 before and have experienced the bunfight that ensues for seats on full flights and know that most low cost carriers don't allow you to select a specific seat before boarding. I know that the airlines say it increases thier costs to impliment such a system.
However, I've just been looking at booking myself a day out from BHX to EDI sometime next month with BE just for a ride on an E195 and a couple of hours in Edinburgh for lunch and a pint.
BE have a great way of doing it, before you pay the seating plan comes up with the seat that the computer has selected for you checked in red. If you want to change the selected seat you pay £6.50 which I think is quite reasonable. I'm yet to try and imput a trip for myself and my family but I guess that the computer would seat us as close together as possible.
Just wondering why more LCCs don't adopt a similar way of doing it, I'm surprised Mr O' Leary hasn't jumped on this clever little revenue stream. I'm by no means a computer expert but I doubt it would take a clever I.T. person long to have working.
Anyone else reckon it might work and benefit the customer?