To print a boarding pass at home, check in online by entering the confirmation number and the passsenger's first name and last name at Southwest.com. Online check-in begins 24 hours before the departure time. At the airport, print the boarding pass from a self-service kiosk, skycap podium or ticket counter.
Online check-in is only available until one hour before the flight departure time. If the plane leaves in less than an hour, get your boarding pass at the airport. Passengers with special fares, such as infant, child or senior rates, must have their ages verified ahead of time to use online check-in.
Southwest Airlines requires each passenger to have a boarding pass and arrive at the gate at least 10 minutes before the flight takes off. Printing the boarding pass at home ensures you have the pass ready so you don't miss this window.