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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 03:54 PM
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Isabel, on the sw site when you book your flight the info is under flight details. for future reference, it you cannot find it on the site, sw is easy and pleasant to reach on the phone, in my experience.

I think whether they let you off with 40 minutes might vary by airport.
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 04:13 PM
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deb - too funny. I never thought of that (and I google things constantly!). I did try to search for the flight # on southwest's website but didn't get anything (well except what I already knew). OK, so now I know I probably need to pack some food.

With only 40 min I doubt they'll be letting us off.

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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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They let us off with about 40 minutes, in Chicago, same airport you will be having your short layover. Don't plan on it, definitely take some food but don't count out the possibility.
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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By the time the plane gets to the gate, people take ALL their carryon stuff out of the overhead bins and from under the seat, and IF there is anyone needing assistance [ie wheelchair] there will barely be time to get off and there sure won't be 40 minutes available. They seem to start to board 20 minutes or so before scheduled departure. Again, I think the above poster's experience of being able to get off the plane is the exception not the rule. In over 10 years of flying Southwest, I have never seen it happen.
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 05:08 PM
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I have never ever seen SW passenger get off and then get back on. Not trying to dispute WhereAreWe(have seen several fine post from them and they are a valuable contributor). I personally wouldn't get off of any plane(southwest or other) with only 40 minutes. Southwest does sometimes pull out of the gate 5 mintues early. I imagine they would wait, but just saying.
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 06:30 PM
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The difference in experiences is probably really easy to explain.

Airlines have to pay a "aircraft parking charge" for an aircraft to be parked at a gate. These airport fees vary widely, but an efficient airline like Southwest will try to have as little "park time" as possible. It's one of the reasons why it can operate so efficiently.

SW can't avoid all fees. Sometimes, like in a major hub like Midway, there will be several flights from different parts of the country all landing at Midway to connect to Flight #165. If one of these originating flights is late, then Flight #165 will likely take off late.

Again, isabel, I urge you to get your answers directly from SW for your particular situation. We all have differing experiences and can only advise you to the best of our individual experiences.
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