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Spirit Airlines Emotional Support Animal Policy

Documentation Required:

Advanced Notice & Document Submission:

  • Forms must be uploaded online at least 48 hours before departure.
  • Must keep all original documentation throughout the entirety of your journey.
  • Airline staff will visually verify your animal at the airport

Animal Guidelines:

  • Number of animals
    • Each passenger is limited to one emotional support animal.
  • Animal Type
    • Spirit welcomes many types of animals however, they will not accept the following:
      • Snakes
      • Other reptiles
      • Rodents such as hamsters, mice, rats, squirrels, etc.
      • Ferrets
      • Sugar gliders
      • Spiders
    • Other unusual animals not on the list above are subject to approval. Factors involved are, size, whether the pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others, if they will present disruptive behaviors, and if they are prohibited from entering another country.
  • Breeds not accepted
    • No restrictions
  • Size
    • The size of the animal must not exceed the personal foot space of the passenger’s seat and may not extend into the aisle.
  • Age
    • No animal age restrictions

Guidelines for Traveling with an Emotional Support Animal:

  • Emotional support animals travel for free.
  • Animals must be clean and obedient
  • Support Animals must be under supervision by the owner and on a leash at all times or in a carrier.
  • All animals must remain on the floor, under the seat or in the lap if smaller than a 2 year old child.
  • Passengers with an Emotional Support Animal can not be seated in an exit row
  • If your Emotional Support Animal is in a carrier, you may not sit in the first row.
  • May not sit in any seat with an inflatable seat belt.

Animal Behavior:

Spirit Airlines reserves the right to deny boarding if your Emotional Support Animal engages in any of the following disruptive behaviors:

  • Aggressive behaviors such as biting, growling or lunging
  • Jumping on passengers
  • Barking
  • Relieving themselves in the cabin or places other than the designated pet relief areas
  • Occupying a seat or seat-back tray table
  • Eating off seat-back tray tables

Destinations with Restrictions:

It is highly recommended that when you travel with an emotional support animal outside the United States, that you contact the appropriate consulate or embassy to verify that you have all required documentation to enter that country at least 4 weeks in advance.


Airline Contacts:

For questions, contact 801.401.2222