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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 Hawaiian Airlines

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In accordance to Hawaiian Air Pet Policy, small cats and dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin of the aircraft on Hawaiian Airlines inter island and flights leaving Hawaii. Due to quarantine requirements, Hawaiian Airlines will not accept pets in the cabin on flights to Hawaii. You will need an approved airline pet carrier. You must notify Hawaiian Airlines that you are traveling with a pet. Reservations cannot be made online.

If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, if your pet is flying to Hawaii, if your pet is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Hawaiian Airlines 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. TIP: Be sure to tell the Captain of the aircraft that your pet is flying in the cargo hold so that they can be sure to keep the temperature at the proper level. Find more tips on airline pet travel in cargo.

If your pet is traveling in the cargo section, whether through the cargo department or as checked baggage, it must be in a pet crate that is IATA compliant. Learn more about IATA compliant pet crates.  We also suggest that you consider crate hardware for your pet's crate as more airlines are requiring it. Once you receive your crate, you will need to acclimate your dog or cat to it before traveling. Our guide for preparing your pet and its crate for travel is helpful, especially for first time pet travelers. Download Preparing Your Pet and Its Crate for Travel.

Hawaiian 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. A Health Certificate completed by your veterinarian within 10 days of travel is required by Hawaiian Airlines when your pet is traveling as manifest cargo.

If you are traveling to another country, Hawaiian 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.

When runway temperatures are above 84F (29C) degrees at the departure airport, Hawaiian Airlines may refuse to board your pet as cargo or checked baggage. When the weather is very cold with a runway temperature below 45F (7C) degrees at the time of departure, Hawaiian Airlines may require what is called an Acclimation Certificate. Learn more about the pet travel airline temperature restrictions.

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Hello! I am interested in having my family member (dog) flown here to Honolulu with my Mother in Law in late April. We are looking for an Airline that will let him fly. He is a pitbull and the sweetest one I have ever met. He is going on 6 years old and is less than 80lbs. I have ruled out almost every airline but you guys, can you please help?
Posted on 2014-02-03 21:55:38.0
sorry, forgot to add that we have been working on all the steps of the quarantine as well (shots, blood work etc.)
Posted on 2014-02-03 21:56:48.0
Alyssa - Did you try Alaskan Airlines? Do they serve your route? They will carry your pup.
Posted on 2014-02-05 02:34:05.0
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I've already looked up and ruled out: Alaskan, American, Delta, United, US Airways. :(
Posted on 2014-02-05 05:52:06.0
I'm traveling to Hawaii with my small service dog. I'm having difficulty getting any valid info on what I need for her, carrier ? Medical certificate? Etc. Pose help. Thanks, Shirley.
Posted on 2014-12-13 19:44:12.0
My husband is in the military and we are being posted to Hawaii this July. I'm traveling with a Shi Tzu and I know on some airlines that breed is not permitted as check in luggage or in the cargo due to their short snout. Is this true for Hawaiian Airlines? Thanks, Ingrid
Posted on 2015-03-17 11:35:11.0
Is that because he's pit bull?
Posted on 2015-03-19 07:18:56.0
Ingrid - according to their policies: HA will accept for transportation brachycephalic dogs and cats only if the owner/shipper agrees to (1) release Hawaiian from any and all liability resulting from the transportation of the animal and (2) not file any claim with Hawaiian relating to the transportation of the animal. The owner/shipper must sign a liability release form prior to HA accepting the animal for transport. If you are flying in July, please be sensitive to higher temperatures and fly at night.
Posted on 2015-03-22 15:17:50.0
Shirley - you can find requirements for service animals to enter Hawaii here:
Posted on 2015-03-22 15:21:22.0
Will they allow them in the cabin?
Posted on 2015-03-23 03:12:08.0
Ingrid Gillette Ingrid - HA will not allow cats or dogs to fly in the cabin on flights to Hawaii. Leaving Hawaii, they will, but not to the island. As we recall, Alaska Air used to. Not sure if they do currently.
Posted on 2015-03-24 03:42:15.0

What are rhe requirements for an in cabin dog kennel. Can it be a material type carrier.
Posted on 2015-10-07 23:57:19.0

I was just told by a Hawaiian Airlines operator that there is a embargo on all pets in cargo from Arpil to October due to heat restictions. Has anyone else heard of this?
Posted on 2016-05-26 19:47:56.0