Southwest Airlines Introduces $40 Early Boarding Fee

For those who just can't stand to board their flight with the general masses, Southwest Airlines has the solution. The Dallas-based carrier has introduced an early-boarding option...for a fee.

Southwest does not have assigned seating, the Associated Press points out. Instead, passengers board in three groups: A, B and C.

Passengers already had the option of paying $10 for Southwest’s Early Bird Check-In, which nudges them up in the boarding queue. But, the new early-boarding passes, which can be purchased at the gate up to 45 minutes before the flight, are a guarantee of priority.

The program, which launched Monday, was introduced after it received positive feedback on a test run last month in San Diego, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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