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2012-05-21 05:17:46 PM  
I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.
 
2012-05-21 08:08:07 PM  
They tried to sit my 6 year old by himself on a plane. He was flying with his 15 and 14 year old sisters. We had preselected the seats too. Somehow we had to pay an extra $75 at check in to put them together on top of the unaccompanied minors fee.
 
2012-05-21 08:10:38 PM  
The parent has to pay the extra $75? Seems like the guy who'd get stuck next to the 3 year old would pay the $75 to not sit next to them.
 
2012-05-21 08:12:58 PM  

Gwendolyn: They tried to sit my 6 year old by himself on a plane. He was flying with his 15 and 14 year old sisters. We had preselected the seats too. Somehow we had to pay an extra $75 at check in to put them together on top of the unaccompanied minors fee.


That's unconscionable bullshiat on the part of the airline.
 
2012-05-21 08:17:43 PM  
You know, I actually wouldn't mind all this nickel and diming bullshiat if they actually paid pilots a living wage.

But as it stands, a lot of these guys, especially the ones who work for regionals, actually have to take second jobs to make ends meet. It is always a little unsettling when I get on a plane and start wondering whether the guy in charge of the giant flying bomb I am about to travel in has had enough sleep between finishing up his shift as the night manager of Dennys and the time he's supposed to take me hurtling 30000 feet over the earth at 600 mph.

Airlines used to pay their pilots a decent, even comfortable salary. Now they pretty much take advantage of the fact that these guys love to fly, and would basically do it for free if they had to. It's pretty criminal. Those exorbitant fares are going somewhere, but it isn't the right place IMHO.
 
2012-05-21 08:27:23 PM  

Gwendolyn: They tried to sit my 6 year old by himself on a plane. He was flying with his 15 and 14 year old sisters. We had preselected the seats too. Somehow we had to pay an extra $75 at check in to put them together on top of the unaccompanied minors fee.


That's completely absurd. And disgraceful.
 
2012-05-21 08:33:03 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Gwendolyn: They tried to sit my 6 year old by himself on a plane. He was flying with his 15 and 14 year old sisters. We had preselected the seats too. Somehow we had to pay an extra $75 at check in to put them together on top of the unaccompanied minors fee.

That's unconscionable bullshiat on the part of the airline.


It was. When it came time for their trip this summer I didn't even look at AirTran.
 
2012-05-21 08:35:41 PM  

Gwendolyn: Bathia_Mapes: Gwendolyn: They tried to sit my 6 year old by himself on a plane. He was flying with his 15 and 14 year old sisters. We had preselected the seats too. Somehow we had to pay an extra $75 at check in to put them together on top of the unaccompanied minors fee.

That's unconscionable bullshiat on the part of the airline.

It was. When it came time for their trip this summer I didn't even look at AirTran.


If it was my young child, I'd do the same.
 
2012-05-21 08:40:41 PM  

gilgigamesh: You know, I actually wouldn't mind all this nickel and diming bullshiat if they actually paid pilots a living wage.

But as it stands, a lot of these guys, especially the ones who work for regionals, actually have to take second jobs to make ends meet. It is always a little unsettling when I get on a plane and start wondering whether the guy in charge of the giant flying bomb I am about to travel in has had enough sleep between finishing up his shift as the night manager of Dennys and the time he's supposed to take me hurtling 30000 feet over the earth at 600 mph.

Airlines used to pay their pilots a decent, even comfortable salary. Now they pretty much take advantage of the fact that these guys love to fly, and would basically do it for free if they had to. It's pretty criminal. Those exorbitant fares are going somewhere, but it isn't the right place IMHO.


No shiat? When I was a kid my family had a few friends who were pilots for FedEx. They were all making six figure salaries and that was in the mid-eighties.

Come be a pilot, long hours and lot of stress, but at least you're not getting paid for it!
 
2012-05-21 08:42:06 PM  

gilgigamesh: You know, I actually wouldn't mind all this nickel and diming bullshiat if they actually paid pilots a living wage.

But as it stands, a lot of these guys, especially the ones who work for regionals, actually have to take second jobs to make ends meet. It is always a little unsettling when I get on a plane and start wondering whether the guy in charge of the giant flying bomb I am about to travel in has had enough sleep between finishing up his shift as the night manager of Dennys and the time he's supposed to take me hurtling 30000 feet over the earth at 600 mph.

Airlines used to pay their pilots a decent, even comfortable salary. Now they pretty much take advantage of the fact that these guys love to fly, and would basically do it for free if they had to. It's pretty criminal. Those exorbitant fares are going somewhere, but it isn't the right place IMHO.


People are paid according to their marginal productivity. When you have little to no experience in a saturated market, you're not worth very much in the market. What those guys are doing is called "Resume building". The same dammed thing is true for truck drivers. No experience aside from a shiny new Class A license? Well you're gonna get the sh*t pay and sh*t routes because drivers like that are a dime a dozen. When you have 5 years experience, no accidents, and a couple hundred thousand miles in your log-book, THEN you get to start making the money.

Oh yea, and airfares are about as low as they have ever been.

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Still could be better. No bailouts and less anti-competitive practices at government ran airports would be nice.
 
2012-05-21 08:49:39 PM  

timujin: No shiat? When I was a kid my family had a few friends who were pilots for FedEx. They were all making six figure salaries and that was in the mid-eighties.

Come be a pilot, long hours and lot of stress, but at least you're not getting paid for it!


It would be REALLY ironic if fed ex was still paying their pilots well (compared to airlines). What would it say about an industry if flying cargo was so much more lucrative than bussing people? (I don't know if they do or don't, but it would be ironic)
 
2012-05-21 09:33:37 PM  
Size doesn't matter.
jethead.files.wordpress.com

/other continents need not apply
 
2012-05-21 09:47:23 PM  
Wait, so you're telling me that their might be negatives to making your ticket purchase based solely on the base price of the ticket without regard to what is included in said price?
 
2012-05-21 10:14:45 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.


the airlines are not forcing you to do anything.
you are choosing to be cheap and pay for only middle seats.

bwahahahahahhahahahahaha
 
2012-05-21 10:18:01 PM  
I dread flying. People used to say it had gotten as bad as taking a bus. Today it makes a bus seem like paradise.
 
2012-05-21 10:18:37 PM  

Thoguh: Wait, so you're telling me that their might be negatives to making your ticket purchase based solely on the base price of the ticket without regard to what is included in said price?


THIS, THIS and more THIS

Flew to Nashville for a funeral last weekend. I paid extra for bulkhead and aisle seats.
WOOT ME !!!

I love that cheap people will always leave these seats for me to pick!!!
 
2012-05-21 10:28:04 PM  

namatad: Thoguh: Wait, so you're telling me that their might be negatives to making your ticket purchase based solely on the base price of the ticket without regard to what is included in said price?

THIS, THIS and more THIS

Flew to Nashville for a funeral last weekend. I paid extra for bulkhead and aisle seats.
WOOT ME !!!

I love that cheap people will always leave these seats for me to pick!!!


I'm reminded of a STTNG episode...
Your smart.

Didn't occur to you to ask for a bereavement rate? hardship, blah, blah...
You could have picked a seat, at half what you paid. Yea really.
 
2012-05-21 10:36:33 PM  

Ambivalence: timujin: No shiat? When I was a kid my family had a few friends who were pilots for FedEx. They were all making six figure salaries and that was in the mid-eighties.

Come be a pilot, long hours and lot of stress, but at least you're not getting paid for it!

It would be REALLY ironic if fed ex was still paying their pilots well (compared to airlines). What would it say about an industry if flying cargo was so much more lucrative than bussing people? (I don't know if they do or don't, but it would be ironic)


Pilots will make more money with FedEx or UPS then they ever will for passenger planes.
 
2012-05-21 10:39:15 PM  

sno man:
Didn't occur to you to ask for a bereavement rate? hardship, blah, blah...
You could have picked a seat, at half what you paid. Yea really.


Last time I asked for a bereavement rate, a few years ago, I was told that they were no longer available because fares in general were so cheap.
 
2012-05-21 10:42:57 PM  

the_vicious_fez: sno man:
Didn't occur to you to ask for a bereavement rate? hardship, blah, blah...
You could have picked a seat, at half what you paid. Yea really.

Last time I asked for a bereavement rate, a few years ago, I was told that they were no longer available because fares in general were so cheap.


I asked for a bereavement rate when my father died in 2009. It came out MORE expensive than finding a ticket myself.
 
2012-05-21 10:47:02 PM  

sno man: I'm reminded of a STTNG episode...
Your smart.

Didn't occur to you to ask for a bereavement rate? hardship, blah, blah...
You could have picked a seat, at half what you paid. Yea really.


it was already cheap enough. there was no way that I would have saved enough money to have made it worth the time it would have taken on the phone. plus, it was my best friend's mother. so really wouldnt have been worth my time.
 
2012-05-21 10:51:38 PM  
Fletch: [Talking to the PanAm Reservations Agent at LAX] I hope there's no-one sitting next to me. See, I always fly first class and I take up both seats. I'm in bridge construction and these fold outs take up a tremendous amount of space!
Reservation Agent: I'm afraid there is somebody sitting next to you...
Fletch: Oh for god-dahh-dahh! Who is it, Mister Sinilindin?!
Reservation Agent: No, the name is Cavanaugh.
Fletch: Ah! Is that Morris or Pierre?
Reservation Agent: It's Sally-Ann Cavanaugh. She's connecting out of...Provo.
Fletch: Ah...Provo, Spain?
Reservation Agent: Utah. In fact, you purchased the ticket for Ms. Cavanaugh.
Fletch: Doesn't mean I want her sitting next to me, does it?
 
2012-05-21 10:54:59 PM  

the_vicious_fez: sno man:
Didn't occur to you to ask for a bereavement rate? hardship, blah, blah...
You could have picked a seat, at half what you paid. Yea really.

Last time I asked for a bereavement rate, a few years ago, I was told that they were no longer available because fares in general were so cheap.


blackminded: the_vicious_fez: sno man:
Didn't occur to you to ask for a bereavement rate? hardship, blah, blah...
You could have picked a seat, at half what you paid. Yea really.

Last time I asked for a bereavement rate, a few years ago, I was told that they were no longer available because fares in general were so cheap.

I asked for a bereavement rate when my father died in 2009. It came out MORE expensive than finding a ticket myself.


huh, worked when I tried it. I guess the airlines are going full ass-whole lately.

/intentional spellnazis
/not gunning for a vacation.
 
2012-05-21 10:59:59 PM  

gilgigamesh: You know, I actually wouldn't mind all this nickel and diming bullshiat if they actually paid pilots a living wage.

But as it stands, a lot of these guys, especially the ones who work for regionals, actually have to take second jobs to make ends meet. It is always a little unsettling when I get on a plane and start wondering whether the guy in charge of the giant flying bomb I am about to travel in has had enough sleep between finishing up his shift as the night manager of Dennys and the time he's supposed to take me hurtling 30000 feet over the earth at 600 mph.

Airlines used to pay their pilots a decent, even comfortable salary. Now they pretty much take advantage of the fact that these guys love to fly, and would basically do it for free if they had to. It's pretty criminal. Those exorbitant fares are going somewhere, but it isn't the right place IMHO.


Most of those regional guys went the civilian route. Just sayin

Who do you want flying your plane, an ex military pilot with 2000 hours who didn't mustang his hours and flew in weather or an embry riddle guy?

/not hating
 
2012-05-21 11:07:43 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.


I got bit by this one by Southwest before I knew about their cattle boarding system. Did you know that no amount of arguing or complaining will allow either Foster parent to sit next to their Fosterlings on their first plane trip? Completely inexcusable to force a 7 year old girl child with "issues" to sit between two strange men on a five hour flight. The wife and I had to do some horse trading to fix THAT. Also, other people flying Southwest, even solo flyers, won't trade seats so that one parent can sit with them? Still makes my blood boil to have my kids treated like that.

When I booked the flights, the website allowed me to choose a contiguous block of seats. Somehow this changed between booking and arrival. The gate agent said that it wasn't possible to do, so somehow THAT changed between booking and boarding as well. I had chosen SW because they were the only flight at the time I needed that HAD a block of 5 seats left.

\RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaage!
\\still not over it
 
2012-05-21 11:10:38 PM  
In other purchases in a free market, purchasing in bulk usually gets you discounts or some other benefit.

Think how the "family pack" of steaks is cheaper than individual steaks.

That there is no family pack of seats, and that it actually gets worse for purchasing in bulk is more evidence this is not a free market at work, and requires regulation.
 
2012-05-21 11:11:29 PM  

Chevello: Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.

I got bit by this one by Southwest before I knew about their cattle boarding system. Did you know that no amount of arguing or complaining will allow either Foster parent to sit next to their Fosterlings on their first plane trip? Completely inexcusable to force a 7 year old girl child with "issues" to sit between two strange men on a five hour flight. The wife and I had to do some horse trading to fix THAT. Also, other people flying Southwest, even solo flyers, won't trade seats so that one parent can sit with them? Still makes my blood boil to have my kids treated like that.

When I booked the flights, the website allowed me to choose a contiguous block of seats. Somehow this changed between booking and arrival. The gate agent said that it wasn't possible to do, so somehow THAT changed between booking and boarding as well. I had chosen SW because they were the only flight at the time I needed that HAD a block of 5 seats left.

\RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaage!
\\still not over it


Southwest has *never* allowed you to select your seats... only your boarding positions, and only if you book Business Select.

If they told you that, someone was full of BS. If it was a website other than Southwest's, then you got screwed by the website.
 
2012-05-21 11:14:47 PM  
I think it's bullcrap to start charging extra for window or aisle seats - why can't we get ONE benefit for booking early? Choosing my seat is the reason I don't fly Southwest.

Meanwhile, my wife and I prefer to split up on the plane - same row, aisle and window. When a plane isn't full, we get the whole row. When it's full, then the people stuck between us range from confused to pissed off when we decline the "opportunity" to sit in the middle seat for a few hours.
 
2012-05-21 11:17:21 PM  

Sanduskyed In The Shower: gilgigamesh: You know, I actually wouldn't mind all this nickel and diming bullshiat if they actually paid pilots a living wage.

But as it stands, a lot of these guys, especially the ones who work for regionals, actually have to take second jobs to make ends meet. It is always a little unsettling when I get on a plane and start wondering whether the guy in charge of the giant flying bomb I am about to travel in has had enough sleep between finishing up his shift as the night manager of Dennys and the time he's supposed to take me hurtling 30000 feet over the earth at 600 mph.

Airlines used to pay their pilots a decent, even comfortable salary. Now they pretty much take advantage of the fact that these guys love to fly, and would basically do it for free if they had to. It's pretty criminal. Those exorbitant fares are going somewhere, but it isn't the right place IMHO.

Most of those regional guys went the civilian route. Just sayin

Who do you want flying your plane, an ex military pilot with 2000 hours who didn't mustang his hours and flew in weather or an embry riddle guy?

/not hating


CSB
I know a guy currently getting a shiat wage with Air Canada flying Jazz regional flying a dash-8 300 that took me up and down on and off a frozen lake in Muskoka in his own plane, a 40ish year old Beaver, second best single day in my life so far... very very cool day.
/CSB
 
2012-05-21 11:20:07 PM  

Gwendolyn: It was. When it came time for their trip this summer I didn't even look at AirTran.


That'll show them. Maybe if enough people boycott the shiatty airlines, they'll go out of business! And the remaining airlines will be so scared, they'll offer better service without raising their rates!

*snerk*

*snerk*

BWAHAHAHAHA!

/it's like complaining about a bus driver
 
2012-05-21 11:24:22 PM  

Gig103: I think it's bullcrap to start charging extra for window or aisle seats - why can't we get ONE benefit for booking early? Choosing my seat is the reason I don't fly Southwest.

Meanwhile, my wife and I prefer to split up on the plane - same row, aisle and window. When a plane isn't full, we get the whole row. When it's full, then the people stuck between us range from confused to pissed off when we decline the "opportunity" to sit in the middle seat for a few hours.


ROFL
 
2012-05-21 11:25:25 PM  

just_intonation: Southwest has *never* allowed you to select your seats... only your boarding positions, and only if you book Business Select.

If they told you that, someone was full of BS. If it was a website other than Southwest's, then you got screwed by the website.


this this and more this
some flyer is pissed that they havent HEARD about SW??????
I mean sure, SW is a new airline, you know, compared to PanAm and Eastern.
 
2012-05-21 11:26:07 PM  

Sanduskyed In The Shower: gilgigamesh: You know, I actually wouldn't mind all this nickel and diming bullshiat if they actually paid pilots a living wage.

But as it stands, a lot of these guys, especially the ones who work for regionals, actually have to take second jobs to make ends meet. It is always a little unsettling when I get on a plane and start wondering whether the guy in charge of the giant flying bomb I am about to travel in has had enough sleep between finishing up his shift as the night manager of Dennys and the time he's supposed to take me hurtling 30000 feet over the earth at 600 mph.

Airlines used to pay their pilots a decent, even comfortable salary. Now they pretty much take advantage of the fact that these guys love to fly, and would basically do it for free if they had to. It's pretty criminal. Those exorbitant fares are going somewhere, but it isn't the right place IMHO.

Most of those regional guys went the civilian route. Just sayin

Who do you want flying your plane, an ex military pilot with 2000 hours who didn't mustang his hours and flew in weather or an embry riddle guy?

/not hating


As much as it pains me to agree with this screen name


This

In my experience, a lot of the civilian guys pencil whip their hours and simpy buy their licenses. I would much rather have an experienced pilot in charge.

Look at sully sullenberger, ex f-15 pilot. You think some rich kid who bought his hours would've done that?
 
2012-05-21 11:26:36 PM  

the_vicious_fez: Last time I asked for a bereavement rate, a few years ago, I was told that they were no longer available because fares in general were so cheap.

because fares in general were so cheap.

so cheap


And there you go.

Good, fast, cheap: Pick two. Airlines aren't cruise ships. They are fast, long-distance buses.
 
2012-05-21 11:27:10 PM  

dletter: The parent has to pay the extra $75? Seems like the guy who'd get stuck next to the 3 year old would pay the $75 to not sit next to them.


They could have scored $75 from every other person on that plane.
 
2012-05-21 11:28:08 PM  

Thoguh: Wait, so you're telling me that their might be negatives to making your ticket purchase based solely on the base price of the ticket without regard to what is included in said price?


The problem is that airlines are now charging extra for stuff that used to be included. No one likes to be hit up for money for every little thing. Airlines woudln't be so bad off if they jsut increased the fares and gave people everything they used to have. Complimentary snacks, no extra "fuel surcharge" bullshiat (like it's even possible to avoid that), dont' charge for a freaking suitcase or a carry on. Sure charge extra for nicer seats, that's fine, but a lot of this stuff shouldn't be so freaking asinine.
 
2012-05-21 11:29:42 PM  
Also not so CSB

I'm in salt lake and some dude just had a farking heart attack or stroke or something right here in the terminal.

I'm flying standby, I hope he was on my flight

/going to hell
 
2012-05-21 11:30:13 PM  

SoCalSurfer: Look at sully sullenberger, ex f-15 pilot. You think some rich kid who bought his hours would've done that?


F-15 pilot? Sullenberger was one of our first line tri-viper pilots against the lizerdeens!
 
2012-05-21 11:34:53 PM  
I remember going furniture shopping, as a child, with my father, for a sectional sofa group.
He asked the salesman if they made one that curved the opposite way, so he didn't have to look at my mother.
 
2012-05-21 11:44:58 PM  

RoyBatty: SoCalSurfer: Look at sully sullenberger, ex f-15 pilot. You think some rich kid who bought his hours would've done that?

F-15 pilot? Sullenberger was one of our first line tri-viper pilots against the lizerdeens!


Sullenberger said, "One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience: education and training. And on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal."

yup
I want him flying all my flights. well not him. never can tell when that PTSD might strike.
 
2012-05-21 11:46:02 PM  

Ambivalence: The problem is that airlines are now charging extra for stuff that used to be included. No one likes to be hit up for money for every little thing. Airlines woudln't be so bad off if they jsut increased the fares and gave people everything they used to have. Complimentary snacks, no extra "fuel surcharge" bullshiat (like it's even possible to avoid that), dont' charge for a freaking suitcase or a carry on. Sure charge extra for nicer seats, that's fine, but a lot of this stuff shouldn't be so freaking asinine.


Blame comparison shopping sites like Expedia and "Sort By Price". Consumers are stupid and aren't going to voluntarily pay $50 more in airfare even if it means they'll save $100 in fees. They're obsessed with the number on the screen and don't look at anything else.
 
2012-05-21 11:49:42 PM  

sno man: a 40ish year old Beaver, second best day in my life


Cougar? MILF? Aunt? Do go on...
 
2012-05-21 11:51:23 PM  

just_intonation: Chevello: Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.

I got bit by this one by Southwest before I knew about their cattle boarding system. Did you know that no amount of arguing or complaining will allow either Foster parent to sit next to their Fosterlings on their first plane trip? Completely inexcusable to force a 7 year old girl child with "issues" to sit between two strange men on a five hour flight. The wife and I had to do some horse trading to fix THAT. Also, other people flying Southwest, even solo flyers, won't trade seats so that one parent can sit with them? Still makes my blood boil to have my kids treated like that.

When I booked the flights, the website allowed me to choose a contiguous block of seats. Somehow this changed between booking and arrival. The gate agent said that it wasn't possible to do, so somehow THAT changed between booking and boarding as well. I had chosen SW because they were the only flight at the time I needed that HAD a block of 5 seats left.

\RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaage!
\\still not over it

Southwest has *never* allowed you to select your seats... only your boarding positions, and only if you book Business Select.

If they told you that, someone was full of BS. If it was a website other than Southwest's, then you got screwed by the website.


A whole lot of this.

Don't try to play the victim. They don't let anyone have special seating; the cattle system is why I love Southwest. Log into the Southwest website 24 hours before you flight (when you should be checking in for your flight anyway), snag something in the mid Bs, enjoy your contiguous seats. I have never had a problem sitting next to my wife.

/fark the airlines with 5 or 6 levels of special passengers who get to board first
 
2012-05-21 11:56:59 PM  

Chevello: Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.

I got bit by this one by Southwest before I knew about their cattle boarding system. Did you know that no amount of arguing or complaining will allow either Foster parent to sit next to their Fosterlings on their first plane trip? Completely inexcusable to force a 7 year old girl child with "issues" to sit between two strange men on a five hour flight. The wife and I had to do some horse trading to fix THAT. Also, other people flying Southwest, even solo flyers, won't trade seats so that one parent can sit with them? Still makes my blood boil to have my kids treated like that.

When I booked the flights, the website allowed me to choose a contiguous block of seats. Somehow this changed between booking and arrival. The gate agent said that it wasn't possible to do, so somehow THAT changed between booking and boarding as well. I had chosen SW because they were the only flight at the time I needed that HAD a block of 5 seats left.

\RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaage!
\\still not over it


Completely unacceptable. and you're right to still be upset.
 
2012-05-22 12:00:37 AM  

just_intonation: Chevello: Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.

I got bit by this one by Southwest before I knew about their cattle boarding system. Did you know that no amount of arguing or complaining will allow either Foster parent to sit next to their Fosterlings on their first plane trip? Completely inexcusable to force a 7 year old girl child with "issues" to sit between two strange men on a five hour flight. The wife and I had to do some horse trading to fix THAT. Also, other people flying Southwest, even solo flyers, won't trade seats so that one parent can sit with them? Still makes my blood boil to have my kids treated like that.

When I booked the flights, the website allowed me to choose a contiguous block of seats. Somehow this changed between booking and arrival. The gate agent said that it wasn't possible to do, so somehow THAT changed between booking and boarding as well. I had chosen SW because they were the only flight at the time I needed that HAD a block of 5 seats left.

\RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaage!
\\still not over it

Southwest has *never* allowed you to select your seats... only your boarding positions, and only if you book Business Select.

If they told you that, someone was full of BS. If it was a website other than Southwest's, then you got screwed by the website.


Actually, if you arrive on time for a Southwest flight, and have young children, they let you preboard the plane to make sure there are no issues finding seats for the entire family. They've been doing that for years.

But no, SouthWest has never allowed for seat block booking. And if you arrived so late that you couldn't preboard, then that's a personal issue.
 
2012-05-22 12:03:10 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: just_intonation: Chevello: Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.

I got bit by this one by Southwest before I knew about their cattle boarding system. Did you know that no amount of arguing or complaining will allow either Foster parent to sit next to their Fosterlings on their first plane trip? Completely inexcusable to force a 7 year old girl child with "issues" to sit between two strange men on a five hour flight. The wife and I had to do some horse trading to fix THAT. Also, other people flying Southwest, even solo flyers, won't trade seats so that one parent can sit with them? Still makes my blood boil to have my kids treated like that.

When I booked the flights, the website allowed me to choose a contiguous block of seats. Somehow this changed between booking and arrival. The gate agent said that it wasn't possible to do, so somehow THAT changed between booking and boarding as well. I had chosen SW because they were the only flight at the time I needed that HAD a block of 5 seats left.

\RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaage!
\\still not over it

Southwest has *never* allowed you to select your seats... only your boarding positions, and only if you book Business Select.

If they told you that, someone was full of BS. If it was a website other than Southwest's, then you got screwed by the website.

Actually, if you arrive on time for a Southwest flight, and have young children, they let you preboard the plane to make sure there are no issues finding seats for the entire family. They've been doing that for years.


Yeah, they used to. Not any more... families get to board between the A and B groups. I'd rather let them board early so that I can be sure I'm as far away as possible from the little screamers. The Bose QuietComfort headset only goes so far...
 
2012-05-22 12:26:52 AM  

just_intonation: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: just_intonation: Chevello: Bathia_Mapes: I can see why not being able to sit next to your spouse wouldn't be that big of a deal, but seating a parent and their young child in different rows isn't appropriate for any reason whatsoever.

I got bit by this one by Southwest before I knew about their cattle boarding system. Did you know that no amount of arguing or complaining will allow either Foster parent to sit next to their Fosterlings on their first plane trip? Completely inexcusable to force a 7 year old girl child with "issues" to sit between two strange men on a five hour flight. The wife and I had to do some horse trading to fix THAT. Also, other people flying Southwest, even solo flyers, won't trade seats so that one parent can sit with them? Still makes my blood boil to have my kids treated like that.

When I booked the flights, the website allowed me to choose a contiguous block of seats. Somehow this changed between booking and arrival. The gate agent said that it wasn't possible to do, so somehow THAT changed between booking and boarding as well. I had chosen SW because they were the only flight at the time I needed that HAD a block of 5 seats left.

\RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaage!
\\still not over it

Southwest has *never* allowed you to select your seats... only your boarding positions, and only if you book Business Select.

If they told you that, someone was full of BS. If it was a website other than Southwest's, then you got screwed by the website.

Actually, if you arrive on time for a Southwest flight, and have young children, they let you preboard the plane to make sure there are no issues finding seats for the entire family. They've been doing that for years.

Yeah, they used to. Not any more... families get to board between the A and B groups. I'd rather let them board early so that I can be sure I'm as far away as possible from the little screamers. The Bose QuietComfort headset only goes so far...


I have flown, and continue to fly, a lot. And I've never encountered the mythical "screaming baby" on a flight. I guess I've probably heard some kid wimper or cry for a bit, but if so it was so not-annoying that I can't recall any single specific experience like that.

Same for the elusive "annoying teenagers in the movie theater". Never run into those either.

And the BS story about Southwest letting someone pick 5 seats together and then not honoring it at the gate? Uh yeah, someone's making shiat up.
 
2012-05-22 12:38:02 AM  
I'll take some of the heat for not knowing about their boarding procedure ahead of time, no problem. It was the first time we had flown SW, so that is my fault. Believe me, part of my rage is directed inward.
What really got me was the complete lack of either compassion or assistance from the gate agents. Couldn't even get an assist in asking other passengers for tradesies. Between my wife and i we must have asked thirty people on the plane to swap (and no we never played the Foster parent card, only the "kids are on a plane for the first time" one)

So yeah, I'm a lousy dad for not knowing ahead of time how it worked, and getting my wife anywhere on time is only ever an accident, we weren't late, we still had to wait a while before boarding, but certainly some sort of assist from the agents or the stewardesses would have been nice. What if we had been traveling with three infant or toddlers? Was some random passenger supposed to take care of them during the flight?

And it's likely that I booked on Expedia or Travelocity, or some such, so they could have lied about the seating.

So, yeah, some of the blame is mine.
 
2012-05-22 12:39:49 AM  
So for now extra charge they will sit my 4 year old on the other side of the plane? Sweet, I can get some sleep on the plane now.
 
2012-05-22 12:41:10 AM  
I ran into that BS about "just so many seats to choose from" and paid the extra for my wife to sit beside me. That was OK because they were bulkhead seats. What pissed me off was the fact that there were empty seats that were already "picked" when I was trying to get two together.
USAir sucks.
 
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