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Veronika Bondarenko

Spirit Airlines is giving a major perk to those traveling in Halloween costume

If you have a flight with Spirit Airlines SAVE today, it’s not too late to throw together a costume before you head to the airport.

Those who put in the extra effort will, the low-cost airline announced this week, will get to board first even if they haven’t paid for the service.

Related: FAA just issued a dire warning about bad flyer behavior this Halloween

As almost every other airline in the U.S., Spirit offers priority boarding to passengers with disabilities and small children as well as active members of the military. For flights at any time on Oct. 31, the airline will also make an announcement offering early boarding to travelers in Halloween costume.

Spirit Airlines is encouraging its travelers to dress up this Halloween.

Spirit Airlines

Princesses, mythical creatures and other characters to board first, Spirit says

“Spirit Airlines is inviting guests to dress up as their favorite princess, video game character, mythical creature, or any other family-friendly idea they come up with,” the airline said in a statement emailed to TheStreet. “Their Halloween spirit will be rewarded with priority boarding.”

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The “family-friendly idea” is a reminder to dress appropriately while traveling with the airline — only a few days ago, a traveller on Southwest LUV claimed a flight attendant told her to put on a sweater when she tried boarding a flight to Hawaii in leggings and a sports bra.

Spirit’s guidelines for acceptable costumes remind travelers not to bring props that may resemble a weapon, not wear wear full-face masks and not wear “anything that’s offensive, objectionable or violent.”

The airline also says that early boarding will still be given to those who wear a subtle Halloween prop such as cat ears or a temporary tattoo with a spooky motif — full-on costumes can often take up too much space and become a problem for the person sitting next to you.

Dress up (but don’t be a witch with your costume!)

“We love when someone really commits, but if your costume involves taking up extra space, please refrain from the added theatrics,” the airline said. “Be sure your costume fits in your assigned seat and does not impact other guests. Trust us, you don’t want the guest next to you dressed as a witch to try and put a hex on you.”

With Halloween coming up, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also recently reminded passengers not to use the holiday as an excuse to be inappropriate in the air. 

“The scariest thing this Halloween is an unruly passenger,” the government agency in charge of transportation safety said in a statement earlier this week. To underscore the point, the FAA released a meme featuring a costume of a police officer and an “unruly passenger” done in the style of the kinds of costumes one can find at Spirit stores across the country.

In the aviation world, an "unruly passenger" is someone who jeopardizes the safety of the flight in categories ranging from "suspicious or threatening behavior" to actions that are "life-threatening” — common incidents include assaulting or verbally abusing flight attendants and disregarding anti-vaping laws.

While the memes are meant to be comical, those who disregard this rule could face fines of several thousands of dollars and even have difficulty boarding future flights.

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