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Old Sep 12, 18, 6:51 am
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Pre - Board

Yesterday on a flight from PBI to ISP there were more pre - boarders than people in the A line. I love the miracle of Southwest. ALL of them
ran off the plane at our destination. The first few were standing on there own with no help for an hour before boarding. Apparently they can stand for an hour but need
to board early? Here is the boxed response from SW: "While many of our Customers have disabilities that are not necessarily visible or restricted to a specific age group (e.g., diseases that cause blood clots, epilepsy, autism, etc.), we apologize for any frustration, -Nicole" Diseases are a cause for pre-boarding? Which disease causes Autism?
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Old Sep 12, 18, 7:14 am
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Old Sep 12, 18, 7:21 am
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Meh, probably some who abuse it, but the canned response is the correct answer. You have no idea what those people are dealing with, and many who qualify for pre-boarding could look outwardly healthy. Plus, if Iím WN, Iím going to pretty loosely enforce it as I donít want to put my agents in the position of uncomfortably arguing medical conditions with people, just isnít worth it.

I have two buddies that pre board on WN regurarly, one has family who is deaf so when traveling together they are able to preboard everyone on the reservation. Another buddy has a history of blood clotting so he pre boards to guarantee an aisle seat. He is a young guy and very physically fit so Iím sure he garners suspicions when pre boarding.

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This is my primary route that I fly. The amount of pre-boarders and wheelchairs are ridiculous at PBI. Granted I see some people that look 100 years old in wheelchairs, I get that. But it amazes me how they need 30 wheelchairs to board the plane but when they arrive only 3 wheel chairs are required? Southwest is the airline of healers. There have been times when I family board and there are easily over 100 people on the plane by then. Ridiculous.
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Old Sep 12, 18, 8:19 am
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Also let me add that line is nothing. I have seen that line turn like it did and go all the way back toward the gate on the opposite side (I think a United gate IIRC?)
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Old Sep 12, 18, 9:29 am
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Personally, recording these people getting on the plane and running off the plane would be more proof of how hilarious this stuff is.

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Flew ORF-BWI on Saturday. After loading 8 wheelchairs, the gate agent said "just so nobody is confused, we are going to BWI-not Florida." Not everyone got it, but it was funny.
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Old Sep 12, 18, 10:17 am
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I was trying to get everyone on line to applaud them... The whole process should be a reality show.
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Old Sep 12, 18, 11:26 pm
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Yesterday on a flight from PBI to ISP there were more pre - boarders than people in the A line. I love the miracle of Southwest. ALL of them
ran off the plane at our destination. The first few were standing on there own with no help for an hour before boarding. Apparently they can stand for an hour but need
to board early?
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Old Sep 13, 18, 1:06 am
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Pre-boarding should be banned at PBI.
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Old Sep 13, 18, 7:47 am
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Pre-boarding should be banned at PBI.
I am going to turn it around and suggest maybe its an East Coast thing. The plane is going to ISP.... All those people are probably current or former New Yorkers.

I recently flew MDW-MCO round trip and was on the lookout for pre-boarders after reading so many dire warnings here on the forum. There were exactly three on the way down, and just one on the way back north. Biggest single category of passengers were girl's softball teams from various Midwest colleges.
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Those South Florida flights are commonly known as the miracle flights.
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Old Sep 13, 18, 11:32 am
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I am going to turn it around and suggest maybe its an East Coast thing. The plane is going to ISP.... All those people are probably current or former New Yorkers.

I recently flew MDW-MCO round trip and was on the lookout for pre-boarders after reading so many dire warnings here on the forum. There were exactly three on the way down, and just one on the way back north. Biggest single category of passengers were girl's softball teams from various Midwest colleges.
I used to think this way being an ISP flyer and very familiar with the LI/NY/NJ gotta get ahead of you 'tude but one of the highest wheelchair parades I ever saw was a DEN-SEA leg (that took me 2 other legs just to get there so I doubt they were NYers). Even the FA's were commenting. As well as seeing 2 able bodied men pre-board I ended up talking with in the mosh pit of a concert the following night...

To add insult to injury there are many elderly out there that are too proud to take advantage when they should or feel that they would be taking it away from someone who needs it more...

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