Yeah or Nay? Family sections on Southwest Airlines
Mark Ashley blogs at Upgrade: Travel Better and he has a recent post asking readers for their opinion on the Southwest Airlines initiative to have family-only sections on some of their flights (those departing from San Antonio, Texas.)
Here are his poll results so far:
Is Southwest’s “family boarding” a great idea or a new travel annoyance?
- Southwest? Eww.
- Ridiculous! No “A” boarding pass, tough luck! Play by the rules!
- As long as the “A” boarding group still boards first, it’s fine.
- Brilliant! Keep ’em separated.
Total Votes: 253 (Started: July 27, 2007)
Full disclosure: I voted for #3, “A” boarding group and then families, but honestly, I hate the whole cattle call routine and probably should have voted for #1, “Eww.”
I have become a big fan of checking in online and printing my own boarding pass, and I do prefer assigned seating.
Family travel and flying is a hot topic these days (as usual, uber-guru and travel Mom Wendy Perrin has great tips on flying with a toddler — how not to get kicked off a plane.)
What are your thoughts?