Southwest Airlines accepts small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs. All in-cabin pets must be carried in an appropriate carrier and are subject to a $95 pet fare each way per pet carrier. The pet carrier counts as the customer’s carryon bag.
Why is Southwest allowing pets onboard?
Southwest Airlines wants to enhance the customer experience for pet-LUVing travelers.
What types of pet carriers can customers bring?
The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the customer. The dog or cat must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier with ease.
Are reservations for the pet required?
Yes. To make reservations for a pet, call Southwest Airlines at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA and the customer representative will gladly create a booking for the pet.
What do I do with my pet when I get to the security check point?
Customers will be asked to hold the pet and walk through the screening device while the carrier is x-rayed.
Once onboard, can the customer hold his/her pet?
No, pets must remain in the carrier for the entire duration of the flight.
Is there an area at the airport for pets to relieve themselves?
Yes, all airports have at least one designated “animal relief” area. Most are located outside of security checkpoint, so a customer on a connecting flight, with a pet, will need to enter through security to return to the departure gate.