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    SWA in Aruba the "lining up process"

    For those of you that travel to Aruba via SWA........

    We recently flew a very crowded SWA to and from Manchester NH and the boarding process
    was the smoothest and least chaotic that I have ever seen in many years flying SWA.
    I think that people are getting the hang of it.

    The most chaotic SWA boarding process that i have seen was in Aruba . In Aruba they set up a corral system where they lined folks up Group A, B and C.
    Folks did not seem to be positioned correctly and "exasperation" was the keyword.
    However, it did work.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 12-18-2015 at 11:03 AM. Reason: spelling. thank you spelling police ;)

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    I just read about their boarding procedure. Do people try and hold seats for (eg) friends in lower corrals?

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    yes, they absolutely do.
    however, the flight attendants are proactive in trying to prevent this.

    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    I just read about their boarding procedure. Do people try and hold seats for (eg) friends in lower corrals?

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    I'm guessing it's harder in Aruba since they don't have a specific gate just for Southwest. At BWI, the SW gates have the semi-permanent signs that help people line up in the right order.
    Our only experience leaving Aruba on SW was a delay and we had to take busses to board from the tarmac, you wanna talk about choas???? It was a mess, but SW made it right with us by responding to my emailed concerns with vouchers towards another flight.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I am curious as to why they don't have assigned seating on SW. Most people do not travel alone and want to sit by their spouse or friends. You cant sell more tickets than you have seats anyway.

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    They have found that they can load the plane much quicker with the method they use. I read this somewhere but I can't remember where.
    Next Aruba trip in

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    Hmmm. I like knowing where my seat is and would die if I ended up in a middle seat because someone beat me to all the aisle seats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Hmmm. I like knowing wear my seat is and would die if I ended up in a middle seat because someone beat me to all the aisle seats.
    Yeah, it's probably good if you "wear" your seat!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Yeah, it's probably good if you "wear" your seat!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
    Nice catch, Captain Orthography.

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    that logic seems like adding more stress to the traveler. our friends flew home on SWA from Aruba. They were on the beach, had to get back to get on the laptop to try to get in group A but didn't make it and one got in group A and the other in Group B. Please, just give me an assigned seat. I stopped playing musical chairs when I was a kid. I didn't find it fun then, and I certainly wouldn't pay to play it as adult.

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