Airline Pet Policy - Southwest
Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? No
Can my pet fly with me as air cargo? No
In-Cabin Pet Policy
If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Southwest Airlines pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. The maximum size carrier that can be carried on a Southwest flight is 8.5" high x 18.5" long x 13.5" wide. If you are traveling with a soft-sided carrier, the height should be measured when compressed. There must be sufficient room for your pet to stand up and turn around in the carrier. It must have a waterproof bottom and must have adequate ventilation.
A maximum of 6 pets is permitted per flight. Southwest pet policy is one pet carrier per paying adult passenger. Two very small dogs or cats can travel in the same carrier as long as they are of the same species.
Small dogs, cats and household birds
Puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks of age.
Pets are not permitted to travel on international flights including those to Puerto Rico.
You must notify Southwest Airlines that you are traveling with a pet. Reservations for pets cannot be made online. The charge for transporting a pet in the cabin is $95.00 each way. Any flights on routes served with AirTran are subject to AirTran's pet policy when flying on their aircraft. Pets must be checked in at the airport ticket counter, however customers can still secure their boarding pass online, at curbside checkin, the airport kiosk, or the ticket counter.
If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Southwest pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. You must notify US Airways that you are traveling with a pet and arrive at the gate early enough to be included in the quota of pets allowed on the flight. Reservations cannot be made online. Required carrier dimensions are as follows: Southwest accepts hard-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) x 16 inches wide (40 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm) and soft-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) X 16 inches wide (40 cm) X 10 inches tall (25 cm). Carriers must have a waterproof bottom, hold your pet securely, have ventilation on at least 2 sides and enough room for your pet to stand up and turn around.
You must produce proof of current rabies vaccination for your pet.
Checked Baggage Pet Policy
Southwest does not offer checked baggage service for live animals currently.
Air Cargo Pet Policies
Southwest does not offer air cargo service for live animals currently.
Southwest serves many locations in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Puppies and Kittens
US Airways will transport puppies and kittens over 8 weeks of age (domestic in-cabin flights).
US Airways does not ban dog or cat breeds from traveling in the cabin of their aircraft. Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.
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