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Southwest, which has been experimenting with assigned
Open seating stays, Kelly said. But starting in early November, Southwest will make a change that will eliminate the long lines that form at the airport gate as passengers divide themselves into the A, B and C boarding groups.
The boarding groups stay, too, but each passengers will, at check-in, be assigned a number. The number gives each member of the boarding groups a position in line for boarding the plane, eliminating the need to start standing in line early.
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
This is a very important suggestion :
Would anyone with a civil aviation background please tell us if there are different risk categories for different sections of the plane in the event of a crash landing?
i.e Is the tail section the safest or the most dangerous on average in a crash landing?
Would risk factors contribute to the grouping of people by the jobs they do etc? For example a Doctor might be in Group A and in the front section, which may be the safest place to be in case the plane goes down.
Originally posted by Illahee
Ok starting to get questions from not reading the first post. I am wanting someone who has reviewed the actual procedure to come forward and debunk this. Theory and speculation is something I can do on my own. Someone going through the line stopping and reading a flagged record of their own might help here.
Personally, I like the idea. Wait for your number to be called before being seated. I can see the idea of paying more for a higher number a reality in the near future.
Q: How do I get an "A" boarding pass?
A: Available boarding positions will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis upon check-in. The earlier you check in, the lower your boarding group and position on your printed boarding pass. You may also purchase a Business Select fare, which enables you to be among the first to board.
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Seating. Southwest, which has been experimenting with assigned seats, will announce its new boarding plan before year's end (2007). Kelly did not spill the beans as to what the procedures will be, but some rivals have generated extra revenue by charging more for the most desirable seats — those on an aisle or near the front of the cabin.