Southwest Airlines tries out $40 boarding fee

Southwest Airlines tries out $40 boarding fee

Los Angeles Times: Southwest Airlines introduced an early-boarding option for a $40 fee, which would guarantee passengers would be one of the first 15 on the plane.

Southwest, the nation's most popular domestic carrier, already charges $10 for its Early Bird Check-In service, which improves a passenger's position in the boarding queue.

The new boarding option can be purchased at the gate, up to 45 minutes before boarding, and only when space is available, according to Southwest officials.

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