Flying with Pets in the Cabin: If you’ve flown with a pet in the cabin before on another airline, you’ll probably find Southwest Airlines has similar pet policies. Size is the most common prohibition. Only small dogs and cats will fit under the seat. If you want to be sure you have the right size travel crate, you might consider buying the airline-branded pet carrier. If your pet is too big for this carrier, you may have to look another airline. Know the rules for flying with a pet in the cabin on Southwest before finalizing your reservation.
Service Animal Policy: As part of its commitment to customers with disabilities, Southwest Airlines welcomes service animals on Southwest flights. You simply need to let the airline know you’ll be traveling with an assistance animal as a Disability Option when making or editing the reservation. Southwest no longer accepts emotional support animals as service animals. To determine if your dog qualifies to be certified as a Psychiatric Service Dog and can be accepted as such on Southwest Airlines, you can visit Pettable’s PSD service.
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Health certificates are not required, but animals must be generally healthy, harmless, odorless, and well-behaved. They must not require attention during the flight. Southwest Airlines pet policy is to assume no liability for your pet’s health. In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask and other first-aid may not be available. Pets are not permitted to travel without a passenger escort, nor are they allowed to travel with an unaccompanied minor.
Southwest Airlines also helps you understand the rules for airport travel. All pet carriers are subject to being searched. When passing through security, customers will be asked to hold the pet in the body scanner while the carrier goes through the X-ray machine. Southwest offers an airport information tool, but we encourage you to check out the complete Airport Travel Guide from Dogs on Planes.