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Southwest Airlines allows you to travel with an uncaged emotional support animal, provided you meet several regulations. You must give the airline a letter from the doctor who treats your mental health. The letter must be on the doctor's letterhead, dated less than a year before your trip and explain that the physician believes traveling with the animal is of benefit to you. Southwest accommodates service animals in the cabin for those who are visually impaired or have other disabilities.
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Animals used for a Customer's emotional support are accepted in the cabin. Emotional support animals will be allowed to travel on flights to/from all domestic and international destinations with the exception of Jamaica. No animals will be allowed to travel to/from Jamaica on Southwest Airlines under any circumstances due to country-specific regulations. In order for a Customer to travel with an emotional support animal, the Customer must provide to a Southwest Airlines Employee current documentation (not more than one year old) on letterhead from a mental health professional or medical doctor who is treating the Customer's mental health-related disability stating:
The Passenger has a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition (DSM IV)
The Passenger needs the emotional support of psychiatric service animal as an accommodation for air travel and/or for activity at the passenger's destination
The individual providing the assessment is a licensed mental health professional or medical doctor, and the Passenger is under his or her professional care AND
The date and type of mental health professional's or medical doctor's license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it was issued
Printable instructions for Traveling with an Emotional Support Animal (PDF).
Assistance and emotional support animals must be trained to behave in a public setting. Customers traveling with an assistance animal or an emotional support animal cannot sit in an emergency exit seat.
Southwest Airlines does not accept therapy dogs for transportation. Also, we do not accept unusual or exotic animals including, but not limited to, rodents, reptiles, insects, hedgehogs, rabbits, sugar gliders, etc. Southwest Airlines' SeaWorld ties draw heat from animal rights leaders
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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.Although you're permitted to travel with a pet, Southwest Airlines outlines several restrictions for you to keep in mind. The airline reserves the right to refuse access to your animal if the animal appears overly aggressive, is odorous or is less than 8 weeks old. If the animal becomes ill, the airline is not responsible for providing medical care, and in an emergency situation on the plane, Southwest does not guarantee that the animal will be able to use an oxygen mask.The airline requires you to place the animal carrier under the seat in front of you for the duration of the flight. Seat dimensions are available on the airline's website. Passengers are allowed only one carrier, although you can transport two animals of the same species in a carrier, space permitting. Southwest considers a pet carrier as a carry-on item or personal item, which means it must adhere to carry-on item size guidelines. You can travel with a pet carrier and a purse or briefcase, but not a pet carrier, small suitcase and purse.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.