Southwest to Test Assigned Seating

Next month, Southwest Airlines will test assigned seating on some of its flights out of San Diego.  If assigned seats are adopted, this would be a huge change for the carrier, which has always forced customers into a cattle call without a seat assignment.  Assuming the change doesn’t add additional time to boarding, Southwest would consider rolling it out.  Many passengers hate not having assigned seats, though Southwest had been oddly hard-headed about even considering assigned seats.  Glad to see they’re having a change of heart.


  1. Many of us happen to like open seating. I feel that I have a better chance to get a good seat. It also speeds up the process.