Airline Pet Policy Southwest Airlines - Fly Your Dog or Cat Safely

It'll soon cost more to bring your pet with you when you fly on Southwest Airlines.
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Pets traveling in cabin/carry-on must be transported in soft-sided or hard-sided pet travel carriers that are leak proof and ventilated on at least two sides. The carrier must be large enough for your pet to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. The pet carrier must fit under the seat in front of you. The under-seat dimensions are as follows: window seat - 19" L x 14" W x 8.25" H; middle seat - 19" L x 19" W x 8.25" H; aisle seat - 19" L x 14" W x 8.25" H. Southwest Airlines allows only one pet carrier per ticketed Passenger. The carrier may contain two (2) cats or dogs and must be of the same species per carrier. Pets must be secured in the pet carrier at all times while in the gate area, during boarding/deplaning, and they must remain in the carrier for the entire duration of the flight. Failure to follow this requirement may result in denial of transportation of the pet onboard Southwest Airlines.

Pets are not allowed in the cargo area or as checked baggage on Southwest Airlines.
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Although you're permitted to travel with a pet, Southwest Airlines outlines several restrictions for you to keep in mind. The airline reserves the right to refuse access to your animal if the animal appears overly aggressive, is odorous or is less than 8 weeks old. If the animal becomes ill, the airline is not responsible for providing medical care, and in an emergency situation on the plane, Southwest does not guarantee that the animal will be able to use an oxygen mask. DALLAS (AP) – It’ll soon cost more to bring your pet with you when you fly on Southwest Airlines.
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Unlike some airlines, Southwest does not allow pets as checked luggage. If you wish to travel on Southwest with a pet, you must take it in the airplane's cabin with you. Southwest requires that you house your pet in a pet carrier large enough to completely enclose the animal. Pet owners must pay a fee of $75 each way, as of publication, to travel with an animal. If you don't have a pet carrier, the airline sells approved carriers for $45. Pets must be vaccinated, although Southwest doesn't require the owner to show proof of vaccination.While Southwest Airlines does not transport pets via our air cargo service, we do accept small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs when traveling with a Passenger in the cabin. Learn more about Southwest Airlines . The airline requires you to place the animal carrier under the seat in front of you for the duration of the flight. Seat dimensions are available on the airline's website. Passengers are allowed only one carrier, although you can transport two animals of the same species in a carrier, space permitting. Southwest considers a pet carrier as a carry-on item or personal item, which means it must adhere to carry-on item size guidelines. You can travel with a pet carrier and a purse or briefcase, but not a pet carrier, small suitcase and purse. Southwest currently lists no official codeshare agreements in place with other airlines. However, in 2011 they acquired AirTran Airways. Although AirTran is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest, the two are still operating as separate (but co-operative) carriers. Southwest plans to completely integrate AirTran into the Southwest brand by the end of 2014. It is strongly recommended that you contact any other airlines you will be flying with to familiarize yourself with their individual policies regarding pet travel. Assuming that you have made arrangements for your pet's drop off and pick up, in almost all instances, you will need to move your pet using an airline, and your pet will be sent as air cargo. Virtually all airlines accept pets in cargo except for Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and the smaller commuter airlines that do not have facilities for them. to check rules and regulations for traveling with a pet on the airline you are considering.Like many airlines, Southwest accepts pets along with their humans. But while most airlines allow pets to fly as cargo, and some allow you to check pets as baggage, Southwest does not. Pets must ride in the cabin – only dogs and cats and only on domestic routes. Pets may not travel in-cabin on any Southwest Airlines international flight, even if that’s only part of your itinerary.