From a column in today’s Washington Post - “Question of the Week” at the bottom of the following page:
Northwest Airlines this week said it would no longer require passengers in coach to board by row. Instead, travelers can find their seats at their leisure. The airline says the new procedure will save time.
Absolutely king ludicrous! So now the guy in row 30 has to wait for the guy in row 7 to get his oversized duffel bag squeezed into the overhead bin. Then after the guy in row 30 gets by, the one in row 18 will be blocking the guy in row 32…
THEN you’re going to have more people who are not happy with their seat assignments take whatever seat they want, causing the musical chairs effect - so they might as well just do away with seat assignments anyway and just do a cattle call!
This is analogous to slamming on the brakes to see if the car will go faster! I think they’ll learn very quickly that it will cause delays, and they’ll go back to the tried & true method within a week!