Boarding Pass, Southwest Airlines, White

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

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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