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Animals in the Terminal


The Lee County Port Authority has updated its rules and regulations on animals in the terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport, Lee County Ordinance No. 94-09. The revised changes do not apply to trained service animals used by an individual with a disability, as defined by Section 4.03.08(1)(d), Florida Statutes, or any law enforcement animals of a federal, state or local agency in performance of their duties. For all other non-service animals, including emotional support animals, the following will apply:

    • Non-service animals are not allowed in the airport terminal unless they are traveling with their owner/handler. If they are traveling, LCPA requests the owner to have travel paperwork on-hand at all times.

    • Non-service animals must be kept in a carrier, carried or restrained by a leash no longer than 5-feet long. LCPA requests the owner/handler to maintain control of their animal at all times while on airport property.

    • If an animal exhibits aggressive behavior or poses a threat to the health and safety of others, the owner must immediately place the animal in a carrier or remove it from the airport terminal.

    • All animals must be house-broken. The owner is responsible for cleaning up and reporting any mess left by the animal. Please note, there are designated Animal Relief Areas at both ends of the terminal building on the lower level (near the gazebo and loading dock) or across the street from baggage claim on the lower level near the parking garage. 

An airport terminal is a busy and noisy environment. The Lee County Port Authority has seen a significant increase in animals in the facility that has resulted in congestion, safety and sanitation issues. Due to this activity, it is not a pet friendly location and airport visitors who are picking up friends and family need to leave their pets at home. 

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