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Southwest Airlines does not accept pets (cats or dogs) traveling without a Customer.
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A Southwest Airlines employee said he was sick and tired of people with their “fake service dogs” getting a free ride on the airlines, and decided to take matters into his own hands. But, he may have taken out his frustrations on the wrong person, dog and organization.
My service dog and I have traveled on Southwest for many years. Our experience has always been positive.
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Southwest Airlines announced today that customers can begin purchasing tickets on June 1 for their dogs or cats, for in-cabin travel on flights starting June 17, 2009. This makes Dog Jaunt happy, since Southwest had been our favorite airline until we began traveling with Chloe. I traveled cross country recently with my service dog Henna, via Southwest Airline.
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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.

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved . 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.If you cannot arrange for your pet's drop off and pick up, you will need to use the resources of a pet transportation company (pet transporter). These companies can make all of the arrangements, or just the portion that you cannot handle on your own. Of course, there is a fee for their services. 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. Today's modern airliners have special compartments for live animals where the temperature and pressure is the same as in the cabin. Most airlines even have special programs to take care of your pet and some even offer frequent flyer miles. Hundreds of pets travel alone every day and arrive safely at their destination. Steps to follow: Have your veterinarian prepare the APHIS form 7001 stating that your pet is healthy enough to travel and is free of parasites. You can also get a in our Acquire an IATA compliant large enough for your pet to stand up in and turn around. If possible, purchase the kennel well in advance of the trip to allow your pet a chance to get used to the kennel before the travel date. Information about . Contact the Air Cargo department (not Reservation Department) of the airline you have chosen, and make a reservation for your pet's travel. You will be charged based upon the combined weight of the pet and the kennel. Be aware of the summer embargo that prohibits the airlines from loading a pet into the cargo area if the runway temperature is above 85 degrees F. If you are traveling in summertime, you should find a flight that leaves at night. Also, airlines will most likely not transport pets when the temperature falls below 45 degrees F. Some airlines require an . It is always best to fly your pet during Spring and Fall when temperatures are not extreme. Be sure and attach your pet's identification documents some of their dry food to the crate if your pet will be in the crate for a long trip. Do not panic if circumstances are such that you will not be able to travel with your dog or cat. Just be sensible at handling their travel arrangements as you would with any member of your family. If you need the assistance of a pet transporter, would be happy to help. We will quote your pet's transport at no cost to you. We have current and accurate information on traveling with your pet by air, sea or ground. Find more If you have questions, you can post them directly to our , , . We will answer them as soon as we can.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.