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Airline Pet Policies

Whether you are flying with your pet or it is flying without you, it is important to choose an airline that serves the entire route from beginning to end. After finding your airline, you will need to know their pet policies. Will the airline allow your dog or cat to fly in the cabin with you? What are the restrictions? Will your pet need to travel in the cargo hold? Find answers to all your questions below when you click the down arrow next to the GO button and find airline pet policies for your dog, cat or other animal.

Another option for airline pet travel is by private charter. Although this is more expensive than commercial airlines, pets will fly in the cabin with their owners in luxury, regardless of their size.

Airline Pet Travel:

Pets can travel on a commercial airline in one of 3 ways: in-cabin, checked baggage and manifest cargo.

Airline pet policy for dogs and cats flying in the cabin
Checked Baggage Cabin

Pets traveling in the cabin must fly with an adult passenger and travel in an airline compliant carrier stowed under the seat.

Airline pet policy for dogs and cats flying as checked baggage
Checked Baggage Cargo

Pets traveling with a passenger that are not permitted in the cabin can be transported as checked baggage in the cargo hold.

Airline pet policy for dogs and cats flying as manifest cargo
Manifest Cargo

Unaccompanied or very large pets will travel as manifest cargo in the hold.

Airline pet policy for Service and Comfort Animals
Service/Comfort Animals

Service and Emotional Animals can travel in the cabin with a disabled passenger on many airlines.

More Information on Flying Your Pet:

How to Fly With a Pet

Be prepared on travel day! Get good equipment and keep your pet safe and secure. Have your pet's passport ready for the airlines. Know your airline's pet policy before you fly!
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Disclaimer: To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com 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.