Boarding Pass, Southwest Airlines, Gold


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Boarding Passes

One way Southwest cut costs was by issuing reusable plastic boarding passes and eliminating assigned seating. The passes were sequentially numbered and color-coded for each flight. Passengers boarded in groups in the order in which they checked in. This encouraged early arrivals and speeded up seating, thus allowing Southwest to return an aircraft to service quickly.

Gift of Southwest Airlines

Collection Item Long Description:


Circa 2000

Inventory Number


Physical Description

Southwest Airlines gold plastic boarding pass with "Second Boarding Group" and number 56 printed in black on both sides.

Credit Line

Donated by Southwest Airlines

Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall - plastic


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 20.3 x 7.6cm (8 x 3 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum