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Southwest joins airlines cracking down on emotional support animals

Southwest joins airlines cracking down on emotional support animals

Southwest Airlines has joined the carriers cracking down on animals brought on flights, limiting passengers to a single emotional support animal that must remain in a carrier or on a leash.

The emotional support peacock barred from a United Airlines flight earlier this year would be out of luck too — Southwest will only allow dogs and cats to travel as emotional support animals. The new rules go into effect Sept. 17, the Dallas-based airline said Tuesday.

“We welcome emotional support and trained service animals that provide needed assistance to our Customers,” Steve Goldberg, Southwest’s senior vice president of operations and hospitality, said in a news release. “However,...

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