I have a short flight tonight, from Denver to Oklahoma. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with Southwest before, and in which do they just allow you to sit wherever a spot is open, or are the seats still chosen for you on the short flight ?

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    The possible duplicate is old, I vote to keep this one open (at least till a new update on the answers there.)
    – Willeke
    Sep 24, 2017 at 10:02

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As explained in the Southwest Airlines FAQ:

Do I have an assigned seat?
Southwest-operated flights have open seating. Once onboard, simply choose any available seat and stow your carryon items in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

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    +1. If you're not familiar with Southwest's boarding process, I'd read about it in that link too, because it's a bit unusual and the process of lining up could be confusing. Jul 12, 2017 at 17:13
  • @ZachLipton On reading yes it is, but in the airport it is much simpler. I believe the language contributes to the confusion.
    – DumbCoder
    Jul 13, 2017 at 14:44
  • When you check in for your flight you are assigned a position in line. As you board the aircraft you may take any available seat. In practice for most flights this means that if you do not check in online within a few minutes of the 24 hour window opening, you will get your choice of any available middle seat.
    – arp
    Nov 6, 2017 at 22:51

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