Animals with emotional support can no longer walk freely in the cockpit of Southwest Airlines.
The airline said Monday it would allow passengers to bring trained service dogs into the cabin, but would no longer accept animals for support as of March 1st.
Customers who want to bring a dog or cat on board as a pet will have to pay a fee, and the animal will have to be kept in a carrier that fits under the seat of the plane.
The move follows a decision by the Ministry of Transport to repeal a long-standing regulation and allow airlines to ban animals that owners claim provide emotional support. Airlines said some passengers were abusing the old rules to avoid pet fees.
Southwest is the last of the six largest airlines in the country to change its animal policy after the action of the Ministry of Transport.