On USA Today's discussion board, user 3sissy laments the new seating policy, which s/he thinks could increase fares:
I say to the snobs that don't like the open seating policy, SW doesn't need your money! Keep the fares low so that EVERYONE can fly!!! I just don't see how SW can keep fares low if they go against their original philosphy...planes make money in the air, not on the ground. If you increase turn times for assigned seating that goes out the window.
Other commenters complain that the new policy will keep them from those coveted aisle seats, to which user markterry said:
Whichever seat you get, it's no big deal, and the plane will still arrive at its destination (we hope). If you like speculating about the new policy... go right ahead. But for me, I think it's a tempest in a teapot.
One self-proclaimed business traveler, racer03, said the new policy makes perfect sense:
Even if it took a little more time, wouldn't the influx of new passenger revenue from folks who previously refused to fly SW make up for the difference? Charging for an aisle seat? That is also bad karma. Your seat location should depend on when you book your flight--the early bird gets the worm. If you wait until the last minute, you end up with a middle seat, too bad.
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