Southwest Airlines will offer passengers the option to pay $40 at airport gates to be among the first to board departing aircraft. The option will be available on the day of travel at the gate 45 minutes before a given flight is scheduled to depart, and will only be offered “if available” for that flight, the carrier said in a statement. Southwest did not elaborate on how “if available” will be determined. “Customers will hear an announcement in the gate ...

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