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Airline Pet Policy - Delta Airlines

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Can my pet fly with me in the cabin? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as checked baggage? Yes (Certain Flights)
Can my pet fly with me as manifest cargo? Yes


In-Cabin Pet Policy

cat flying in-cabin If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Delta Airlines pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. The carrier must have a waterproof bottom, have room for your pet to stand up and turn around, must fasten securly and have adequate ventilation.

Pets Allowed:

Small cats, dogs and household birds traveling on flights within the United States (excluding Hawaii), Canada, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Pets are not permitted in the cabin in First Class, Business Class or Business Elite on any international flights. There may be certain domestic flights where this restriction applies.

Service and Emotional Support Animals

Service animals are permitted to travel in the cabin with their disabled passenger without charge. Passengers should provide at least 48 hours notice to the airline. Delta complies with the Air Carrier Access Act by allowing customers traveling with emotional support animals or psychiatric service animals to travel without charge in the cabin. Documentation will be required.

Age Requirements:

Pets must be at least 10 weeks old to travel in the cabin.

Route Restrictions:

Delta will not transport pets in the cabin to or from the following destinations: Australia, Barbados, Liberia (Costa Rica), Dakar, Dubai, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Service animals only may travel in the cabin to or from South Africa, Hong Kong or the United Kingdom.

Carrier Requirements:

Carrier measurements will vary depending on the aircraft serving the route. There is one pet permitted per passenger unless you are carrying a mother cat or dog with her unweaned litter. Two pets of the same size and species (generally puppies, kittens or toy dogs) may be allowed in one pet carrier, provided there is adequate room in the carrier for them to stand up and turn around.


You will check in at the passenger counter as animals are not checked in at curbside. A fee will be collected at the time of check in. Your pet airline carrier will count as a piece of carry-on luggage.


$125USD (US, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) $200USD international $75USD Brazil.


Checked Baggage Pet Policy

checked baggage
Delta Airlines will no longer permit pets to travel as checked baggage after March 1, 2016. All pets that are too large to travel in the cabin will be allowed to travel as air cargo.

If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Delta may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin.

Pets Allowed:

Cats, dogs, household birds*, guinea pigs*, rabbits*, hamsters* and marmots*. *Domestic flights only.

Route Restrictions:

Pets are not permitted to fly as checked baggage to Hong Kong, South Africa or the United Kingdom. Pets can also not be accommodated on Boeing 767 aircraft. Pets cannot be accommodated as checked baggage on Airbus A330-200 aircraft.


Must be made 48 hours in advance. Maximum of 2 pets per passenger per flight.


When flying as checked baggage, you will check in your pet at the passenger ticket counter in an IATA compliant pet crate at which time you will pay the fee for transport. In order to travel as checked baggage, the weight of your pet and its carrier should not exceed 75 pounds otherwise your pet will travel via Delta Cargo. More than one pet is permitted to travel in one crate if it is a mother with an unweaned litter or 2 pets weighing less than 20 pounds each and are between 10 weeks and 6 months of age.



Breed Restrictions

See  banned breeds below.

Temperature Restrictions:

Delta will not transport pets as checked baggage between the period of May 15 through September 15. During that time, pets must fly under the policies of Delta Cargo unless the weather is extreme. If, at any point,(origination/transit/destination) during your pet's transport, the temperature for the day is forecast to be less than 10 degrees F (-12 degrees C) or greater than 85 degreesF (29 degrees C), your pet will be refused transport as checked baggage. There are no exceptions to these temperature restrictions.

Forms Required

Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel.

Crate Requirements:

Metal hardware should be used to fasten the top and bottom halves of your pet' crate together. Click here for crate requirements.

Need an IATA compliant pet crate? Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?


Manifest Cargo Pet Policies

manifest cargo

Delta Cargo serves United States, South America, Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Canada, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Pets Allowed:

All warm blooded mammals and birds including show or exhibition animals. Delta Cargo will not ship dangerous or offensive animals, unhealthy animals or pets that will be banned by the country of destination.


Pets must be at least 10 weeks old and weaned for domestic or international travel.

Forms Required:

health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, proof of rabies vaccination and all forms required for your destination country.


locations will vary by airport depending on the location of the cargo office.

Breed Restrictions

See banned breeds below.

Temperature Restrictions:

See checked baggage policies above

Form Requirements:

Delta Cargo will require an health certificate issued within 10 days of arrival. Also required are proof of vaccinations (dog, cat and ferret) and pet passport documents for the country your pet is traveling to (international travel only).

Crate Requirements

See checked baggage category above. More info on crate requirements.
Have a crate already? Need accessories for your crate?

More Information:

Airports Served


Delta serves locations worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean, North and South America including the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Delta is also approved to fly into London Heathrow and Manchester (accompanied pets only) which are approved Border Inspection Posts for the United Kingdom.


Puppies and Kittens

UK puppy or kitten importDelta will transport puppies and kittens over 10 weeks of age.


Banned Breeds

Delta Banned BreedsDelta will not ship the following dog breeds as checked baggage:

Dangerous Dog Breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Bullmastiff, Dogo Argentino, Dogo de Burdeos, Fila Brasileiro, Mastin Napolitano, De Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Tosa Japones.

Snub Nosed (Brachycephalic) Breeds (Dogs): American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog, Chinese Pug, Chow Chow, Dutch Pug, English Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Pug, Japanese Spaniel (Chin), Mastiff (all breeds), Pekinese, Pit Bull, Pug, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel

Snub Nosed Breeds (Cats): Bermese, Exotic, Himalayan, Persian

Delta Cargo will not accept English Bulldogs unless they are under 6 months of age. Other snub nosed breeds are accepted as long as they are in good health and temperatures do not exceed 75 degrees F anywhere on the route.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animalsAll warm blooded mammals and birds including show or exhibition animals. Delta Cargo will not ship dangerous or offensive animals, unhealthy animals or pets that will be banned by the country of destination.



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