Traveling with Animals

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Pets

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.

Pet Fare Price:

  • Pets traveling are subject to a $95 Pet Fare each way per pet carrier.

Learn more about traveling with your pet.

Law Enforcement/Search and Rescue Dogs

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.

Assistance Animals

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. Please note trained assistance and emotional support animals may be subject to additional governmental laws and regulations at the destination, including but not limited to, health certificates, permits and vaccinations required by the country, state or territory from and/or to which the animal is being transported.

 

International assistance and emotional support animals

Trained assistance and emotional support animals are permitted on Southwest Airlines flights, subject to compliance with certain safety and documentation requirements. Please note trained assistance and emotional support animals may be subject to additional governmental laws and regulations at the destination, including but not limited to, health certificates, permits and vaccinations required by the country, state or territory from and/or to which the animal is being transported.

Location-specific resources:

We encourage Customers to contact the appropriate consulate, embassy or other governmental authority well in advance of travel to ensure applicable requirements are understood. Customers are solely responsible for researching and complying with applicable laws, requirements, and/or procedures with respect to the transport of trained assistance and emotional support animals.