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Airline Pet Policy - US Airways

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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? No
Can my pet fly with me as air cargo? No 

Since their merger with American Airlines, US Airways has planned to change their pet policies and transport pets in the cargo hold. Presently, they are working at modifying their aircraft so they can offer this service in the future. .

In-Cabin Pet Policy

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Pets Allowed:

Small dogs, cats and household birds


Puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks of age.

Route Restrictions:

US Airways does not accept dogs, cats or other animals in the cabin on flights to /from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Antigua, Bridgetown Barbados, Montego Bay, Jamaica or St. Lucia, but they do accept them on domestic flights. Only dogs and cats are allowed to/from Costa Rica. Only service and comfort animals permitted in the cabin on flights to and from Hawaii.


You cannot make a reservation for your pet on the flight when traveling in the cabin. You must show up at the gate early enough to get one of the slots available for pets on your flight. If all of the slots are full, then your ticket can be cancelled and a credit will be issued for a future flight.

US Airways has announced that they will allow passengers traveling with pets in the cabin to purchase an additional seat if one passenger is traveling with 2 pets. The additional pet must still be stowed under the seat in front of the seat purchased, and all rules for carry-ons still apply.

Carrier Requirements:

If your dog or cat meets the requirements listed in US Airways pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. You must notify US Airways that you are traveling with a pet and arrive at the gate early enough to be included in the quota of pets allowed on the flight. Reservations cannot be made online. Required carrier dimensions are as follows: US Airways accepts hard-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) x 16 inches wide (40 cm) x 8 inches tall (20 cm) and soft-sided carriers up to 17 inches long (43 cm) X 16 inches wide (40 cm) X 10 inches tall (25 cm).  Carriers must have a waterproof bottom, hold your pet securely, have ventilation on at least 2 sides and enough room for your pet to stand up and turn around.

Forms Required:

Pet owners should travel with a health certificate and proof of rabies vaccination although it is not required on domestic flights within the US. If traveling internationally, all certificates and forms required for destination country will be required.


Checked Baggage Pet Policy

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US Airways does not offer checked baggage service currently. This should change in the future as soon as their aircraft is modified to allow for the transport of live animals.


Air Cargo Pet Policies

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US Airways does not offer air cargo service currently. This should change in the future as soon as their aircraft is modified to allow for the transport of live animals.


Airports Served


US Airways serves locations worldwide in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America as well as many locations in Europe.


Puppies and Kittens

US Airways puppy or kitten importUS Airways will transport puppies and kittens over 8 weeks of age (domestic in-cabin flights).


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in UKUS Airways does not ban dog or cat breeds from traveling in the cabin of their aircraft.



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