Southwest Airlines welcomes small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs in an appropriate pet carrier in the aircraft cabin.
Animals are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. This includes both Southwest and AirTran-operated international flights.
New Pet Fare Price: Effective 10/23/2013
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Southwest Airlines accepts fully-trained law enforcement service dogs trained in explosives or drug detection (or other specific functions) and search and rescue dogs for transportation, without charge, when accompanied by their respective handlers on official business. Each Customer traveling with a law enforcement or search and rescue dog must present a letter of mission and a copy of the animal’s certification. In accordance with federal safety regulations, the dog(s) must be positioned so as not to obstruct Customers’ expeditious evacuation in the unlikely event of an emergency. In addition, law enforcement and search and rescue dogs may not occupy a seat or sit in an emergency exit row.
Trained assistance animals traveling with and providing assistance to a Customer with a disability are accepted in the aircraft cabin.
Trained assistance animals and emotional support animals will be allowed to travel on flights to/from all domestic and international destinations with the exception of Jamaica. No animals will be allowed to travel to/from Jamaica on Southwest Airlines under any circumstances due to country-specific regulations.
Passengers must provide current documentation to a Southwest Employee prior to traveling with an emotional support animal.