Emotional Support Animals and Psychiatric Service Animals
The three forms found at the bottom of this page are required to be completed in their entirety and submitted here at least 48 hours before your flight. In order to expedite the approval process, please ensure your forms and animal meets the following requirements as well as those in our additional guidelines section below prior to submitting your forms. For instructions on how to submit the forms, please click here.
- We do not accept a health certificate or proof of vaccinations in place of the Spirit Veterinary Health Form
- If you have forms from other airlines, you can submit them for review, but we do not guarantee that they will be accepted
- We do not approve forms with missing fields – please double check your forms that all areas are completed before submitting. Any missing field is an automatic denial of carrying your animal as an ESAN or PSA
- If the forms are not completed in their entirety and submitted at least 48 hours prior to your flight, we will do our best to verify and approve them, but we cannot guarantee travel with your animal.
- These forms will need to be submitted for each reservation you will be traveling on
- All forms must be signed and dated within one year prior to your initial flight or they will be denied
- We recommend you carry these forms throughout your travels
- Our agents at the airport cannot approve your forms, as they must be submitted electronically and approved by our dedicated team of Disability Coordinators
- There is a limit of 1 ESAN or PSA per person and the animal must be at least four months of age due to rabies vaccination requirements
- Mental Health Professional Form – subject to verification
- Veterinary Health Form – subject to verification
- Passenger Acknowledgement Form
For additional requirements and information regarding travel with your emotional support or psychiatric service animal, please see our “Additional Requirements and Guidelines” section below.
Trained Service Animals
We accept trained service animals that have been individually trained to provide a service or perform a specific task(s) to those with a disability. Some examples include animals that assist with deafness or hard of hearing, seizures, mobility limitations, visual impairment, or other physical disabilities.
Note: A service animal vest, harness, ID card, or registration is not accepted as the sole indication an animal is a trained service animal.
There is a limit of 3 service animals per person.
For additional requirements and information regarding travel with your trained service animal, please see our “Additional Requirements and Guidelines” section below.
NOTE: 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 our Pet Policy for a charge.
Additional Requirements and Guidelines
- The animal must remain with you at all times.
- If at any time the animal 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:
- 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
- For international flights, along with the three required documents, there may be additional documentation and requirements for your trained service animal, ESAN or PSA.
- 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 at 1 855 SAVE-555 (1 855 728-3555).
- Keep in mind, it is up to you to ensure that the requirements are met.
- You may choose to sit anywhere you wish with the exception of emergency exit rows; however, additional seating requirements may apply depending on where your animal will be seated when traveling.
- Animals in pet carriers may not sit in the first row.
- If your emotional support and/or service animal must sit on your lap (provided the animal is no larger than a lap child), you may not occupy any seat equipped with an inflatable seat belt. While these are perfectly safe for you, it could put your animal’s well-being at risk if the seatbelts were to inflate. Please see the chart below of the seats with inflatable seat belts.
|Rows with Inflatable Seatbelts|
|319||1, 4, 5, (D,E,F)|
|320||1, 2, 12, 13|
|32A/32N||1, 3, 12, 13|
- Trained service animals and emotional support animals can be placed on the aircraft floor or (provided the animal is no larger than a lap child and the seat does not have an inflatable seat belt) on the Guest’s lap.
- No animals or any part of the animal can be placed on an aircraft seat at any time.
- If the animal is seated on the floor at your feet, it cannot block an aisle or other area that must remain clear for emergency evacuation.
- If the animal is seated on the floor at your feet, it cannot extend into another Guest’s foot space, unless that Guest gives consent allowing it to do so.
- If you believe your animal 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.
- While we welcome many animals on-board, there are certain animals we are not required to and will not accept, such as:
- Other reptiles
- Rodents such as hamsters, mice, rats, squirrels, etc.
- Sugar gliders
- For other unusual animals, several factors determine whether an animal can travel in the cabin as a service animal. These factors include: the animal’s size, whether the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, whether it would cause a significant disruption of cabin service, and whether if the animal is prohibited from entering a foreign country. If you have any questions, please contact us at spirit.com/help.
- Yes, all airports are required to have pet relief areas. For the location of animal relief areas at the airports you will be traveling through, 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.