Is it me, or are the number of "handicapped" boarders increasing exponentially every time I fly on southwest. There are many unfortunate and legitimately disabled people who travel. But I see more and more people who are not disabled until they get to the gate, and who are no longer disabled as they exit the plane. They board before A-listers, before business select passengers who pay extra to get on the plan first. It seems to me there should be more diligent scrutiny to ensure that those allowed to board first are actually entitiled to special treatment. Last time I flew there were 35 "preboarders" including a young woman with 2 "service" dogs which she needed due to her extreme fear of flying. It is getting absurd.
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I just watched the video of the woman in Baltimore being forcibly dragged off the plane because she has allergies to dogs. I also am allergic to dogs (though I love dogs) and have been in the same position. I see no reason why dogs should be in the cabin. They never used to be, now they are everywhere. If someone is allergic to peanuts, peanuts are not served to the rest of the customers, the peanut allergic person is not forcibly dragged from the plane. I think this whole situation was poorly handled, and I think southwest needs to examine its dog policy
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