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Checking In For Your Flight
Securing your boarding position.

If your itinerary includes at least one international flight, online checkin is available at southwest.com as early as 24 hours and as late as 90 minutes before your flight’s scheduled departure time. Although your boarding position can be secured online, you must check-in at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter upon arrival at the airport to have your passport verified, to check luggage, and to receive your boarding pass.

Arriving at the airport.

If your itinerary includes at least one international flight you should arrive at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter at least two hours* prior to your flight’s scheduled departure time in order to have your passports verified, to check luggage, and to receive your boarding pass. If you arrive at the ticket counter with 60 minutes or less time remaining until your flight’s scheduled departure time, we will be unable to accommodate you on your scheduled flight.

*Some international cities suggest a three-hour airport arrival during peak travel times. Visit our Airport Information page for further details.

Checking in at the airport.

If your itinerary includes at least one international flight you should arrive at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter at least two hours** prior to your flight’s scheduled departure time in order to have your passport verified, to check luggage, and to receive your boarding pass. Curbside checkin is not available for itineraries that include international flights. If you arrive at the ticket counter with 60 minutes or less time remaining until your flight’s scheduled departure time, we will be unable to accommodate you on your scheduled flight.

**Some international cities suggest a three hour airport arrival during peak travel times. Visit our Airport Information page for further details.

Using kiosks to save time.

Kiosks will be available in the majority of our non-U.S. airport locations. When departing on an international flight from an airport within the domestic U.S., you will be able to checkin, scan your passport, add emergency contact information, and print your boarding pass for both the domestic and international legs of your trip at a kiosk.

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