Flying with a Large Service Dog | American Airlines and Spirit Airlines

Flying with a Large Service Dog | American Airlines and Spirit Airlines

I recently flew with my service dog on American Airlines and on Spirit Airlines. We want to share our experience as a service dog team on these airlinesI recently flew with my service dog on American Airlines and on Spirit Airlines. We want to share our experience as a service dog team on these airlines. Overall, flying with a service dog on American Airlines was a pretty average experience, and flying with a service dog on Spirit Airlines was FULL of challenges. Southwest Airlines will ALWAYS be our favorite choice for flying with a large service dog.

Bailey is a large service dog, weighing roughly 70 lbs. Any clips or photos of her on the plane are representative of her size and tucking skills, but not all service dogs will fit in the same way. Also, not every service dog team on a plane will experience things the same way, so we can only speak to our personal experience with these airlines.

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5 Comments

  1. I flew southwest and jet blue last year with my service dog for the first time. Southwest was amazing! Jet blue was fine once I got past the ticket counter. At the time, my service dog still used a kennel for certain things like eating her food and my dad also had an older dog at the house and I wanted to be able to give him a break from my young German shepherd who could play all day long. I was told that "service dogs don’t need kennels" and I would have to pay to fly it and I said "well she is a service dog and she has one so obviously some service dogs do need kennels and it will be considered medical equipment. If you go ahead and call your supervisor they will tell you the same thing." After I mentioned calling her supervisor she just changed her mind and checked it in like it was nothing. (Btw it was a travel kennel that folded up and fit into a travel bag, while it was the same size as a folded up large/x- large kennel it weighed almost nothing)

  2. I’ve actually heard about a lot of people having these same kinds of issues that are traveling with service dogs from specifically Spirit Airlines it’s not the fact that she was having a badd day it’s the fact that they specifically harass service dog handlers.

  3. They thought the pre-board people were still on the plane from the last flight… This is why everyone says always use Southwest, most of the other airlines are, well, stupid (btw, it wasn’t the time of day, they are always that stupid). The (few) good people from these other airlines wind up at Southwest eventually. You don’t even want to get me started on Spirit (which is most likely the worst airline operating within the US). The worst of the worst wind up working there (it wasn’t a bad day, they are that horrid everyday).

  4. Yeah I wouldn’t recommend spirit if your travelling with a service animal their very unhelpful and uneducated on them and don’t like to accommodate disabled people

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