BRIEF: Southwest launches service for cruisers

Oct. 9--Southwest Airlines said Tuesday that it will launch a new service at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport geared to make it easier for cruise passengers to get their baggage from the seaport to the airport -- for a fee.

Through a partnership with Bags To Go Enterprises, and in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration, Southwest said passengers can now check their bags and obtain their boarding pass at Port of Miami or Port Everglades, when their cruise ship docks.

Here is how it works: Upon disembarking from their cruise ship, passengers hand their baggage over to the Bags To Go agent stationed at the port. The agent then checks the luggage and issues the Southwest boarding pass. The luggage is then shipped to the airport in a secure vehicle, screened by the TSA, and loaded onto the customer's Southwest flight.

Bags must be presented three hours prior to departure and are only accepted on flights departing after noon. The service costs $20 per person and allows up to three checked bags.

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