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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by Switch2, May 4, 2012.
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Now if they could get GA's to consistently enforce zones/groups...
I am surprised that they didn't seem to have looked at boarding with unassigned seats, a la Southwest.
All of these simulations ignore things like passengers arriving at the gate out of order or elite boarding priority.
In other words, everyone knows it is possible to board a plane faster than how it is done now but the airlines will never go for it because of the negative impact to FFers.
Wouldn't that be essentially random boarding?
That was my first thought, too, but it really is different.
Random boarding with assigned seats means people are going to a specific pre-assigned seat, but in a random order. Look at the video and you see some people plomping down in middle seats with aisle and window empty. Don't think anyone in their right mind would do that on SWA (unless they were waiting for someone, of course). On Southwest, people will presumably try to get a good seat based on what's available when they board. The middle seats will likely fill last if there are sufficient single travelers. The exit rows and the front (aisle and window) will likely go first.