Traveling with Jack Bauer…Or not


Jack Bauer sure will be happy this week.  Not only because this season of “24” is over (finally…it was way too suspenseful), but also because now his little furry friends can travel on Southwest Airlines flights.  For those of you who don’t know, Jack Bauer is my huge Maine Coon Cat. 

Beginning today, Southwest Airlines will offer special pet fares for your cats and dogs to travel with you in the cabin on all of our flights!

The Pet Fare will be $75 one-way ($150 roundtrip) and is open for small cats and dogs in carriers that can be stowed under the passenger’s seat.




Jack unfortunately is a large breed of cat and does not fit comfortably in a pet carrier…Jack will be staying home.

For those of you who prefer people to pets, don’t worry, we will be limiting the number of felines and canines in order to provide a comfortable environment for all onboard.

Here are a few other points to remember when traveling with pets:

  • Customers can travel with no more than one (1) pet carrier each. Each pet carrier can have no more than two (2) of the same species of small cats or dogs per carrier.  
  • Customers may bring a soft or hard-sided pet carrier that is leak proof and well ventilated. The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the Customer and be stowed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.   The dog or cat must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier with ease. 
  • So…can I still bring a carry-on?  The pet carrier will count as your carryon item. You may also bring one additional personal item on board.
  • Just call Southwest Airlines at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA and the Customer Representative will gladly create a booking for your pet.


For complete information about the Pet Policy click here.

Oh, and check out our furry friends that share the policy with you here:


  1. I have had severe allergies to dogs and cats my whole life. Though I love animals (outside!), and am otherwise healthy and athletic, I have to get allergy shots once a week; the doctor’s office where I go is filled with similar patients.

    I will absolutely not be flying Southwest. I can afford to pay a little more in order to be able to breathe. It’s worth it. And trust me- there are a LOT of people who will do the same.

  2. I also am disappointed with Southwests decision. It is getting more difficult to fly with a severe cat allergy. I had to recently switch flights. It is very stressful and inconvenient. There should be some type of policy if a severe allergy sufferer books first , he should get priority.

    I consider it a disability and an looking into pursuing it that way. I just booked Frontier to New Mexico, but am flying to Miami in January and am using USAIR. I might have to change flights.

    My throat closes up and I just don’t want to take a chance. My allergist agrees.

  3. I love the idea that small pets are allowed on the flight. I have actually seen Jessica Simpson flying southwest with her dog and wonder why the average person wasn’t allowed to do so. Its about time we all get treat equally.

  4. I would actually love to see this policy go one step further. I’d like to suggest one flight per day / week that is yout “Pet flight” My dogs are 30lbs and just a few lbs too large for under the seat – so in my case I would gladly pay full fare to be able to buy seats for my dogs, strap them in and save myself a 4 day drive across country. I hope you consider it – you could isolate the animals and hopefully gain a few more “customers” in the process!

  5. LOL. Everyone worried about allergies is STUPID. If you are that allergic, then dander on someone’s clothes sitting next to you could bother you – I highly doubt that has happened to you though. Almost every major airline allows cabin pets. Why are you having such a melt down over it? I also have severe allergies, but I also know how to deal and be prepared. Take medicine before the flight and have an inhaler on you for emergencies. Pets are much quiter than babies and small children. People just like to bitch about everything now-a-days.