Southwest Airlines boosting fee to fly pets - USA Today

Southwest Airlines will only carry pets in the cabin; pets are not permitted as checked baggage.
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I have been researching carriers for a Southwest flight coming up, there has been different people that had good luck with sturdibags. Havent seen any that fit the exact dimensions for Southwest. But I just saw kobi carriers. I even called the sturdibag company about traveling with Southwest airlines , he said he hasnt had any complaints (never know really). I bought one from petsmart , the flexiblility is what had me interested but we will see. The difference in the height is what has me concerned dont know if it really does what they say. If anyone has any experiences with this bag I would like to hear from you.
Oct 15, 2015 - Like many airlines, Southwest accepts pets along with their humans
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Like many airlines, Southwest accepts pets along with their humans. But while most airlines allow pets to fly as cargo, and some allow you to check pets as baggage, Southwest does not. Pets must ride in the cabin – only dogs and cats and only on domestic routes. Pets may not travel in-cabin on any Southwest Airlines international flight, even if that’s only part of your itinerary. Southwest Airlines to Allow Pets in the Cabin :-) | Chicago - Yelp
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Photo provided by FlickrSouthwest Airlines Welcoming Pets Onboard - Petcha
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It was just a matter of time before Southwest Airlines, which started accepting pets as passengers , got into a dog-fight with a customer. Actually, this one’s more of a cat fight.That said, our Employees have an obligation to ensure that all pets and Customers that travel onboard Southwest Airlines can travel safely and comfortably. The fact that Gatsby did not meet our policy requiring pets to fit comfortably in their carriers is the reason that he was denied boarding.Unlike some airlines, Southwest does not allow pets as checked luggage. If you wish to travel on Southwest with a pet, you must take it in the airplane's cabin with you. Southwest requires that you house your pet in a pet carrier large enough to completely enclose the animal. Pet owners must pay a fee of $75 each way, as of publication, to travel with an animal. If you don't have a pet carrier, the airline sells approved carriers for $45. Pets must be vaccinated, although Southwest doesn't require the owner to show proof of vaccination. 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.

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.That said, our Employees have an obligation to ensure that all pets and Customers that travel onboard Southwest Airlines can travel safely and comfortably. The fact that Gatsby did not meet our policy requiring pets to fit comfortably in their carriers is the reason that he was denied boarding.