Ding! Southwest Airlines unveiled a new boarding procedure system-wide last November. As discussed in the Goodwill Ambassador Program, Southwest is our largest carrier at SDIA, accounting for about a third of all passenger traffic and flights with over 100 daily departures to 17 destinations (according to their Winter 2008 schedule — thanks Hampton).
One sign of the change are new boarding columns (shown here) you can see at the Southwest gates in Terminal 1 East (gates 1-10).
Although the boarding procedure still utilizes Southwest’s old A, B and C boarding group system, you are now assigned a number as well as a letter (your number is based on the order you checked in). The new system allows for more people to remain seated while the A group boards. The rules have also been changed slightly for passengers with small children.
Enjoy the photo of the new columns, along with one of me checking out the system (thanks to Marla and Elsie). Southwest Airlines has even put up a cool guide to their new boarding system on the Web.
Filed under: RYAN (Airport Planning Department)