There are a few facts that we all accept about flying these days, namely:
- Flights will be crowded and you will be crammed into a space that is more suited to a small adolescent than a full-grown adult. (unless of course you pony up the dough to fly first class)
- You will pay an arm and a leg for your flights. Cheap airfares may exist, but rarely are they for cities on your itinerary, and they usually involve words like “redeye.”
- The stuff they call “food” isn’t.
- Airports and airport security are a pain in the ass.
- People are stupid in airports, no matter how intelligent they might be elsewhere.
If you opt to save a little money (OK, make that, “if you opt to spend 50% less on your tickets by flying something like Southwest…) there are certain other truths you accept:
- You can get a decent place in their weird-ass boarding system by buying “business class” seating – which by the way, are the same crowded seats, you just get a better place in line. Which elimates the savings. Fail.
- You can get a semi-decent place in their weird-ass boarding system by paying $10 per person, each way, to have auto-check-in. Cool idea. In theory.
- You will be served some nasty things masquerading as snacks.
- You will be served a small plastic cup, 3/4 full of your selected beverage and you will be hard pressed to get a refill.
- You will be crammed in even more tightly than usual and the entire process at Southwest will make you feel like cattle.
Oh, and about that $10 thing? It’s a nice idea. So tell me why we were still at the very end of the “A” section (ie: 50 people) on one flight?
And another thing – tell me why when we had numbers in the low A-20s (ie: just behind the business class folks) we were still unable to get seats in front of the wings?