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Good News, Sparky – Southwest to Start Transporting Pets!

May 29, 2009 | Posted in: Airline News,Multimedia,Pets,Southwest

For years, Southwest Airlines has a “No Pets” policy – but now, that’s changing.

Starting June 17, the no-frills airline will begin transporting small cats and dogs – in the cabin only. Pets will not be accepted as cargo.

The cost will be $75 each way, and pets will need reservations.

More rules: pets must travel in a carrier that fits under a seat – a carrier that is large enough so the animal can stand up in it and turn around – which typically limits transportation to animals weighing 15 pounds or less. Pets will have to stay in their carriers throughout the flight. Also note that a pet carrier counts as a passenger’s carryon bag.

All airlines are looking for ways to snag some incremental revenue, and I think the pet community will be just fine with this new charge. You can see the full details here – but we can tell you that, per Southwest, pets will not be eligible for frequent flier miles.

For the highlights of the new pet policy – see the Southwest video, below.

3 Responses to “Good News, Sparky – Southwest to Start Transporting Pets!”

  1. Gloria says:

    It’s about time we can take our best friend witih us on a flight. There is no vacation for me without my little one. They equate the loss of a pet to the loss of a sibling so enough said.

  2. Jessi says:

    As someone who suffers from horrible allergies and asthma this is horrifying to me! Pet dander floating around me and not being able to breathe along with sneezing, itching, watering eyes does not sound like a good flight. Pets should be checked and not allowed in the cabin. There are a ton of people who have allergies and this is affecting our health. I know people love their pets and I love animals too…unfortunatly they just make me very sick.

  3. Rick Seaney says:

    Jessi,

    I’m sorry to hear about your health woes, but i doubt we’ll see much in the way of changes on the airline/pet front – too many people want to take their animals onboard.

    Thanks for writing.
    Rick

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