Over at Budget Travel they tell us that Southwest Airlines may change its boarding procedure. Tests have begun in San Antonio where passengers are asked to board the plane one-by-one in an assigned order, rather than board in one of three groups. When passengers check-in for their flight, they're assigned individual boarding numbers. Once they board the plane, they still have their choice of seats on a first-come, first-served basis.
All very well but I can see trouble ahead. What if people are not at the gate when they should be? I bet they did their initial tests using airline staff and there was a semblance of order in the way they behaved! Can you imagine how much shopping time could cost the BAA?