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Southwest sticks with open seating, but adds a slight twist

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is sticking with letting passengers find their own seats -- instead of getting an assigned one.

Dallas-based Southwest today said its 36-year policy of "open-seating" is faster and customers like it.

But the airline in November will tinker with the current system and assign passengers in the three boarding groups -- AB & C -- into subgroups. They'll be assigned numbers for getting on the plane.

Southwest says that will reduce the time passengers must stand in line at the gate.

Also, Southwest as of October 2nd will stop automatically boarding families with young children first.

Unless they have a coveted "A" boarding pass, families will board after the first 60 passengers.

Chief Executive Gary Kelly says it wasn't fair for families who arrived just before takeoff to jump ahead of other passengers already in line.

On the Net:

www.southwest.com/

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