Southwest Airlines responds to viral TikTok video of a college student traveling with her pool noodle

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Sydney Fowls has gone viral following a series of TikTok videos explaining how she took advantage of Southwest Airline’s two bags fly-free policy in order to win a $20 bet.

According to the education student, Fowls was flying from Ohio to Tampa when she checked in a pool noodle on a flight from Columbus.

The college student documented her pool noodle’s journey from check-in to baggage claim, creating a delightful TikTok video that’s racked up nearly 11 million views.

The Ohio native’s viral video was picked up by Southwest staff who got in on the joke and reposted Fowls’ TikTok on its Twitter account.

In a separate TikTok video, Fowls outlined the reasons why she chose to pull the stunt.

“It was a $20 bet!! As a broke college student who is an education major… I just couldn’t resist,” she said.

“I did not have to pay to bring my noodle,” she said as reason number two, alongside a screenshot of Southwest’s website outlining its two bags fly free policy.

Southwest reached out to Syndey following the viral video and loved the video so much they gave her a Southwest-branded pool noodle in the middle of Tampa International Airport.

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My pool noodle made it back home to Ohio! Thank you Southwest Airlines for everything you did for me! @flysouthwest @junebug2433 #viral

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“The amazing Southwest employees filled the baggage claim with pool noodles and beach balls to show their appreciation saying it made their day,” Fowles said.

Sydney says the trip will be forever memorable.

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