Go Southwest Airlines

October 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm 10 comments


 
I’ll be leaving for Baltimore early tomorrow. I’ve made this trip known to my local friends, but nobody has volunteered to take me to the airport at 4:30 a.m. Everytime I tried to inject it into the conversation, they’d perform evasive actions worthy of the marines. Of course, I could have forced the issue, but decided against the idea. Waking up early on a Saturday morning to take one to the airport is something I wouldn’t like to do myself, so why impose it on another? I ended up booking a shuttle instead. But don’t you worry, I’ll remember this. The next time somebody asks me a favor, I’ll know what to do. Hell hath no fury…

Once again, I’ll be flying Southwest. I like this airline very much. For one reason, the flight attendants are nice and their uniforms are cute. In addition, they like to entertain you with those silly jokes to calm your nerves before the plane finally departs. I wonder if it was at one of those flights where I heard this joke before. A man in a trench coat flashed the flight attendant at the boarding gate, but she was up to it. She handled the situation very professionally. In a calm voice, she said, “I want to see your boarding pass, sir, not your stub.” A joke like that, and the fear that the plane may be a little stressed out for our own good, is completely forgotten.

Southwest doesn’t provide pre-assigned seats. Each passenger is assigned to group ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’ depending on his or her check-in time. At boarding time, the elderly and those with kids get to board first, followed by group ‘A’, then by group ‘B’, and finally, by group ‘C’. As a result, it always pays to check-in as early as possible to get the best seat.

As a low fare airline, Southwest also offers a no-frills service. For example, it doesn’t provide in-flight meals. You do get a soda drowning in ice and one small bag of chips or pretzels (or two if you wink at the attendant). In a way, what do you expect? You pay for peanuts. And what does the airline expect to get in return? Unruly customers? Of course not. At least, you don’t see that from the look of the staff who remain friendly and courteous. But sometimes it makes you wonder, especially at boarding time when the laws of the jungle seem to hold supreme, where civility is forgotten for the sake of getting the best seat in the house …er, plane. For crying out loud, after the mad scramble, you may not even get a seat as the flight is overbooked. When this happens, you pray that one passenger would be willing to give up his middle seat for you, the one between two sumo wrestlers on a holiday.

My overall satisfaction with Southwest remains high, notwithstanding the occasional inconvenience. The staff are absolutely wonderful. They make flying fun. Go Southwest Airlines!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sub  |  October 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    😆 you’re jokes are improving, huh! now i know where you get them haha!

    first paragraph really made me laugh as i was thinking of the scene you described 😛

    safe trip, mate!

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  October 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      sub:

      i heard that cebu-pacific is cool, too, but i have yet to see it for myself. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. arts & entertainment  |  October 30, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Some thing said here are very untrue but i get the point

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  November 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      arts & entertainment:

      yeah, some corrections are in order. what i said about amenities are true on shorter trips. on longer trips, the airline seems to provide more. for example, in my recnt connecting flight from chicago to oakland, i was served 3 different kinds of chips, 2 small packs of peanuts, a drink of my choice, and a cup of coffee an hour before the plane landed. i also noticed that boarding group a1 thru a15 are now reserved for those who want to pay extra more. still i give the airline a rating of nine out of 10 stars. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. sub  |  November 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    yep, they have. you know the lady gaga video? i dunno which song was that, but cebu pacific does the same stunt hehe

    Reply
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