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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current airline regulations. We cannot predict how a given airline may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to deny boarding for your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by carefully following the rules of the airline you are using.

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Airline Pet Policy Virgin America Airlines

Airline Pet Policy Virgin America

As of April 24, 2018, Virgin Airlines will be absorbed by AlaskaAir and all inquiries and bookings should be directed to them. AlaskaAir pet policies will preside for all pets flying with Virgin America.

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Virgin America pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. You must notify Virgin America that you are traveling with a pet. Reservations cannot be made online.

Virgin America Airlines does not accept pets either as cargo or checked baggage.

Virgin American Airlines Pet Policy

Many airlines require a health certificate indicating that the pet is healthy enough for travel, is free of diseases communicable to humans and has been properly vaccinated, especially when traveling in the cargo section of the aircraft.

If you are traveling to another country, Virgin America Airlines will want to see that you have the proper documents to enter that country with your pet. Most countries have their own version of a Veterinary Certificate. In addition, some countries require an Import Permit. Find pet passport forms and instructions in the Pet Travel Store.

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I know Virgin America has a policy of 18" long 15" wide and 8" high, with my Shiba Inu laying down he meets those restrictions. But, if he has to stand up, he is much taller than 8" Should i not bring him home for the holidays? I feel after the flight takes off, i can pull the carrier underneath my legs to give him room to move around.
Posted on 2013-11-15 00:43:31.0
The 8" height requirement is to get the carrier under the seat. Your pup will be laying down when you put the carrier under the seat. All the airlines understand that many soft sided carriers can squish down to allow for the 8" height requirement. If your pet can stand up and turn around when the carrier is "free standing" that is what the airlines are looking for.
Posted on 2013-12-13 02:02:31.0
Do they weigh the dog and carrier?
Posted on 2014-07-14 19:28:43.0
the dog has be able to fit under the seat in front of you..I've only ever travelled with a cat in the soft sided bag international cat was checked in as cargo but domestic was under the seat. I'd imagine they have restrictions on size check with the airline :)
Posted on 2014-07-14 19:52:46.0
My carrier is 19" long and the Virgin policy is 18" long. Do I need to buy a new carrier or would they overlook the one extra inch?
Posted on 2014-07-21 13:18:30.0
We have not heard of Virgin being measuring the carriers. You should be fine as long as the majority of the carrier can fit under the seat.
Posted on 2014-07-25 03:27:51.0
Samantha - weight could be a consideration on an international flight. For domestic flights, it is not so much as long as your pet is appropriately sized for the carrier.
Posted on 2014-07-25 03:29:07.0
My dog is aregisterd emotional support dog. what are the travel policies around her flying with me?
Posted on 2014-12-08 22:50:48.0
Virgin America will allow your dog to travel with you as long as you provide advanced notice, have a letter on the letterhead of a licensed mental health professional (e.g. psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed clinical social worker not over one year old stating: that the guest has a mental health-related disability; and having the animal accompany the guest is necessary for the guest's mental health, treatment, or to assist the guest (with his or her disability); and the individual providing the assessment of the guest is a licensed mental health professional; and the guest is under the care of the individual providing the documentation.
Posted on 2014-12-12 03:26:10.0
Does my emotional support animal need a health certificate?
Posted on 2015-01-13 22:24:21.0
Jackie - Emotional Support Animals are subject to the same regulations as regular dogs. If you are traveling internationally, a health certificate will be required.
Posted on 2015-01-17 03:20:13.0
what is the dog is going to be flying under the plane? what are the regulations for the crates and drop of?
Posted on 2015-02-25 00:27:33.0
Joselynne - you can find crate requirements here: Where you drop off and pick up your pet depends on whether it is flying as accompanied checked baggage (drop off at ticket counter) or manifest cargo (cargo facility). Usually pets need to be dropped off around 2 hours prior to take off, but airlines differ in that regard.
Posted on 2015-03-02 04:36:44.0