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Friday, July 16, 2004

Southwest Airlines' open seating policy is often derisively called a "cattle call". From that, it's not much of a stretch to think of it as a "meat market". Especially when so many passengers are on the make, from check-in to landing.
Veteran Southwest flight attendant C.J. Deschaine has seen the sparks fly between couples hundreds of times — especially on flights to Las Vegas.

"One person starts to scope the other out at the gate and devises a strategy to sit nearby," she said.

If the seats are too far away, Deschaine said she has been called on numerous times to deliver a drink to a passenger on behalf of a caller.
I've flown Southwest only once, and I have to say I didn't like it at all. I hated getting herded onboard, then having to fight for a seat. I did end up sitting in a grouping with one semi-entertaining guy, but alas, no chicks (that I can remember).