Please note that as of January 11th, 2021, emotional support animals (ESAN) will be required to travel as pets as permitted by updated Department of Transportation disability regulations.


Trained Service and Psychiatric Service Animals Requirements

Emotional Support Animals (ESANs)
  • All ESANs are now welcome onboard as pets if they meet our pet requirements found here 
Definition of a Trained Service Animal
  • A dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including psychiatric service animals.
  • Animal species other than dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companionship animals, therapy animal and service animals in training are not considered service animals to travel onboard our aircraft as such.
  • If your animal does not meet the above definition of a trained service dog, it may be eligible to travel in accordance with ourPet Policy.
Examples of trained service dogs
  • Some examples include animals that perform a task(s) to assist with deafness or hard of hearing, seizures, mobility limitations, limited vision, or other disabilities. 
Dogs only
  • Only dogs will be accepted as trained service or psychiatric service animals.
  • If traveling with a cat, bird or rabbit, they may travel as pets if they meet the requirements found here.
Credible verbal assurance requirement
  • Credible verbal assurance that your dog is trained to perform a task for a disability must be obtained by a Spirit team member at the airport.
  • A service animal vest, harness, ID card, or registration are no longer accepted as the sole indication an animal is a trained service dog. 
Service animal behavior
  • If at any time the dog shows signs that it will cause a disruption in the cabin, it has not been trained to function as a service animal in a public setting, or any signs of aggression, it will not be allowed to travel. Examples of disruptive/aggressive behavior include, but are not limited to: 
      • Growling 
      • Lunging 
      • Barking 
      • Biting 
      • Jumping on other Guests 
      • Relieving itself on-board the aircraft or in the airport other than a designated animal relief area 
      • Emitting a strong odor 
International flights
  • There may be additional documentation and requirements.
  • We, or your travel agent, may be able to help you find out what additional documentation or requirements you may need for your destination. Please feel free to give our Spirit Guest Service a call at1 855 SAVE-555 (1 855 728-3555). 
  • Keep in mind, it is up to you to ensure that the requirements are met. 
Seating requirements
  • Trained Service dogs cannot sit in an emergency exit row.

If your service dog must sit on your lap:
    • The dog cannot be larger than a 2-year-old child.
    • The animal nor any part of the animal can be placed on an aircraft seat at any time. 
    • You may not occupy any seat equipped with an inflatable seat belt for the dog’s safety.
Rows with Inflatable Seatbelts
Seat Row
1, 4, 5 (D,E,F)
1, 3, 12, 13
1, 3

If your service dog is seated on the floor:
    • It must remain in your foot space.
    • The dog cannot block an aisle or extend into the aisle or other area that must remain clear for emergency evacuation.
    • The dog cannot extend into another Guest’s foot space. 
    • If you believe your dog needs more space than one seat allows, you are welcome to purchase either an additional seat/reservation or upgrade to one of our Big Front Seats. If you choose not to do so, we will attempt to accommodate you as best as possible upon your arrival to the airport, but we cannot guarantee space for your animal. 
Animal relief areas
  • All airports have pet relief areas.
  • For the location of animal relief areas, please feel free to review the appropriate airport’s website or ask one of our agents at the airport. Our agents are happy to help. 
Therapy animals and Service Animals in training
  • Therapy animals are animals which provide comfort to members of the public and are not trained to perform a specific task for an individual related to a disability. These animals may be eligible to travel in accordance with ourPet Policyfor a charge.  
  • We do not accept service animals that are in training, but these animals may be eligible to travel in accordance with ourPet Policyfor a charge.