Actually, you CAN bring a (FAA approved) car seat on board. But there are a few things to keep in mind. 1) It must have "FAA Approved" on it somewhere (usually a sticker; I think mine is on the side). 2) There must be an available seat for your car seat. This means you need to purchase an infant fare (see here: https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/family/baby-on-board-pol.html) which you must call to get. OR there has to be an empty, available seat that is not purchased already. 3) Car seat must go in the window seat. (If you have two, I think you can sit both in one row, so long as they aren't blocking the row in any way. Google the FAA regulation on car seats.) You cannot bring your stroller aboard, but they will gate check it for you (same with your car seat if you'd prefer) and tag it so that it will be waiting for you in the jetway when you arrive at your destination.
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You may board the plane during Preboarding. Please see the gate agent for a Preboarding pass. Your crutches may be checked at the gate and you will receive them after landing at your destination. Unfortunately, in case of an emergency, you are unable to sit in the emergency exit aisle for extra leg room. In case of an emergency, it is important to have someone that is willing and able, without assistance from the flight crew, to open the doors and assist others off the airplane.
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