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Southwest: Flyers can pay $40 to board first

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DALLAS (AP) - Want to board first on a Southwest Airlines flight? Now you can pay $40 for the privilege.

Currently, passengers can ensure they board first by buying a special business class ticket or joining a loyalty program. Now, everyone will have that option if spots are available. Passengers will be able to pay at the gate starting 45 minutes before a flight leaves.

Facing higher fuel and other costs, airlines have sought to boost revenue in a variety of ways including charging extra to check a bag or sit next to a loved one.

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