Southwest goes above and beyond the industry norm for making air travel painless (I fly them every week) and they have the right to keeping people from gaming the system.
The best solution I've found is to set your calendar reminder for 24hrs before your flight, with the confirmation number in the "Where" field, then quick copy/paste into their smartphone app. Takes two seconds and always gets you on the A-List. If that's too much work for you, pay them $10 for Early Bird.
This guy will make it more painful for the rest of us when they add CAPTCHAs.
Only for commercial sites, right?
Anyway, if he just distributed the source code, there'd be nothing to stop people from running this on their own computers, I'd think.
God forbid they lose the ridiculous $10 'upgrade' fee.
Disagree. That's outwardly more efficient, but it turns out that when we're tasked with sorting and arranging ourselves, we do this whole boarding a plane thing pretty efficiently (especially when we have a vague sense of our chances of finding a convenient spot for our bags or a good seat).
You know what we do when spammers get through our filters, or people make posts on our company discussion forum that contravenes our TOS? We hire dozens of lawyers, file multiple lawsuits against them, and fight it in the courts to the bitter end!!
No, that's not what we do.
We improve our spam filters.
When people find away around 'the system', we can either fix 'the system', or change the expectations of what people will use 'the system' for. ('The system' can be anything, it doesn't even have to be internet or contract related.)
Suing people and hiring lawyers is what clueless people with technical and social incompetence do because they are bullies.