Southwest Airlines Pet Policy

Southwest Airlines Pet Policy

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines Pet Policy


In Cabin/Carry-On Pet Fee:  $95 one-way per carrier

Maximum Weight Allowed:  No weight restriction.

Cargo Area/Checked Baggage Pet Fee:  Pets are not allowed in the cargo area or as checked baggage on Southwest Airlines.

Carrier Guidelines:  Southwest Airlines welcomes small, vaccinated, domestic cats and dogs in an appropriate pet carrier in the aircraft cabin. Cats and dogs 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.  Acceptable pet carriers include the Southwest Airlines Pet Carrier (17” long x 9.5” high x 10” wide), and other pet carriers with maximum dimensions of 18.5” long x 8.5” high x 13.5” wide. 

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.