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Air Travel With Pets
The Humane Society of the United States recommends that you do not transport your pet by air unless absolutely necessary. If you must transport your pet by air, your best option is to take your pet in the aircraft cabin with you. As long as your pet is a cat or small dog, some airlines will allow you to take the animal on board for an additional fee.
Each airline decides if they will allow you to travel with your pet in the passenger cabin. If the airline does allow you to bring your pet into the cabin, your pet container is considered to be carry-on baggage and must be small enough to fit underneath the seat. To find out about this option, call the airline well in advance of your flight, because there are limits to the number of animals allowed in the cabin area.
Another option available for pet owners is flying with your pet on a chartered plane. Many charter services allow animals, regardless of size, to fly in the cabin as passengers close to their owners.
Tranquilizing Your Pet
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in most cases cats and dogs should not be given sedatives or tranquilizers prior to flying. An animal's natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium is altered under sedation, which can be dangerous when the kennel is moved. Whether flying as a cabin or checked pet, animals are exposed to increased altitude pressures, which can create respiratory and cardiovascular problems for dogs and cats which are sedated or tranquilized.
Traveling Tips and Information
Travel Tips for Pets on Planes
Ensure that your pet travels safely by following these tips from the Humane Society.
Airline Animal Incident Reports
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is now tracking the numbers of animals that died or were lost or injured during transport. Complete monthly reports are published in DOT's Air Travel Consumer Report.
AIRLINE PET TRAVEL POLICIES:
Pets are accepted in the cabin and in the cargo compartment. You are allowed to travel with just one pet, either a dog, cat or dog which will accompany you in the aircraft cabin. If the dog or cat exceeds the 8 kilo weight limit, then it should only be carried in the cargo compartment of the aircraft. The maximum permitted weight for a pet, including the case, is 32 kilos. Only Boeing and Airbus aircraft may carry animals in the cargo compartment.
Aer Lingus does not accept pets in the aircraft cabin. All animals will be transported in the cargo hold and can be booked on direct flights between Ireland and New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando on Aer Lingus flights only. Due to industry reports of serious damage to aircraft as a result of dogs becoming loose in aircraft holds, the following breeds of dogs are not to be carried under any circumstances on any Aer Lingus aircraft: Akita, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazillero, Mastiff, Pit Bull, Tosa. When traveling from Ireland to the USA pets (cats & dogs only) can be booked as excess baggage by contacting Aer Lingus reservations.
Aerolíneas Argentinas does not allow the transport of pets in the cabin. Passengers who wish to travel with their pets will have to dispatch them as accompanied baggage, subject to availability in the hold. The booking of the place in the hold must be accomplished up to 24 hours before departure of the flight. If the pet travels alone (without the passenger, as not accompanied baggage), it will travel as cargo.
AeroMexico only allows dogs to travel in the cabin and only on flights of maximum 5 hours. The dog must have its vaccination certificate against rabies, issued within the period of 30 days prior to the date of the flight and a veterinary certificate issued by the SAGARPA (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing, and Food) is required. Dogs will also be accepted as checked baggage or through Aeromexico Cargo.
Pets (cats and small dogs only) are accepted in the aircraft cabin only on the following flights: a flight operated by Air Canada or Air Canada rouge; an Air Canada Express flight operated by Jazz; an Air Canada Express flight operated by Jazz, Air Georgian and Exploits Valley Air; an Air Canada Express flight operated by Sky Regional. Pets (cats and dogs only) are accepted in the baggage compartment, on the same flight as you, except on flights to and from Hawaii pets are not accepted in the cabin or the baggage compartment. They must be sent via Air Canada Cargo (AC Live). Air Canada Cargo ships a wide variety of animals, from cats and dogs to hatching eggs, insects and tropical fish.
Pets are accepted in the aircraft cabin and in the aircraft hold.
Pets are accepted in the aircraft cabin and in the aircraft hold. With the exception of cats, dogs, small birds, fish, aquarium tortoises, and some rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits only), all animals must travel by cargo.
Pets are accepted in the aircraft cabin and in the aircraft hold. Dogs of the following breeds cannot be transported on any Air France flights, including by freight: Staffordshire Terrier or American Staffordshire Terriers (pit bulls), Mastiffs and Tosas.
Pets (small dogs or cats) are accepted in the passenger cabin, as accompanied checked in baggage, and in the cargo hold.
Pets (small, domesticated cats and dogs) are accepted in the aircraft cabin. AirTran Airways does not transport pets as checked baggage and does not allow pets to travel on international flights.
Pets are accepted in the aircraft cabin and in the baggage and cargo compartments. Pets allowed in the passenger cabin are dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds. Alaska Airlines accepts only cats or dogs for travel to and from Hawaii. Because of Hawaii's unique status as the only rabies-free state, there are additional requirements for travel. Pets that may travel in the climate-controlled baggage and cargo compartments include: cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish. Only dogs and cats will be accepted for travel to Mexico and Canada.
Pets -- cats, dogs and birds (excluding parrots and budgies and those coming from Asia, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Romania, Croatia and the Balkan States) -- are accepted in the aircraft cabin and in the aircraft hold. To travel within the European Union, cats and dogs must have: a passport issued by a vet, certifying the list of vaccinations and the state of health of the animal, and a clearly legible tattoo or an electronic identification system (transponder). Due to structural constraints, pets in cabin service may not be available on all aircrafts in every class.
Cats and dogs are the only types of pets accepted on American Airlines. Certain dog breed restrictions apply. Pets in the cabin are accepted on flights within the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix; and to or from the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central American and some destinations in South America provided the country of arrival permits entry. Carry-on pets are NOT ALLOWED to/from Hawaii or transatlantic/transpacific destinations or to/from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela. Pets will not be accepted for flights over 12 hours or on flights traveling to the United Kingdom. American Airlines requires a health certificate for the acceptance of pets for travel as checked baggage. Valid health certificates must be issued by a veterinarian.
Pets (small dogs and cats) are accepted in the aircraft cabin. Larger animals are accepted in the cargo hold.
Pets are not accepted in the aircraft cabin. Pets must be booked to travel with British Airways World Cargo, and they will be carried in the aircraft hold. British Airways cannot currently transport pets on flights from Austria and Denmark. British Airways is part of the Pet Travel Scheme which allows cats and dogs from certain countries to enter the UK without the need for quarantine.
Small domestic animals such as dogs and cats are accepted in the aircraft cabin. Brussels Airlines doesn't accept any pets in cabin on its flights to the United Kingdom. Birds, fish and rodents (e.g. guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, etc.) are not permitted in the passenger cabin on Brussels Airlines flights.
Only one pet per aircraft may be booked confirmed space. Live animals are approved for travel on a first-come, first-served basis. A kennel is required unless you are traveling on either of the following routes: New Bedford/Nantucket or Hyannis/Nantucket. Pets are not accepted on any flight to/from Vance W. Amory Airport in Nevis, W.I.
Pets are not accepted in the aircraft cabin. Pets such as dogs, cats and birds will be crated and transported in the cargo compartment. Pets might not be allowed to ship as checked baggage to some countries/regions e.g. Hong Kong.
Pets (dogs, cats and household birds) are accepted in the aircraft cabin. Animals are also accepted in the baggage and cargo compartments on some flights. Advanced booking for pets as checked baggage must be booked at least 48 hours before departure. Only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be personal pets or show/exhibition animals will be accepted in the cargo hold. Pet Travel FAQ
El Al Airlines
Pets – dogs, cats and exotic birds only -- will be accepted in the cabin with an accompanying passenger. Pets will not be accepted in the passenger cabin accompanied by a passenger on flights to London, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Australia. On these flights, pets will be sent in the hold of the aircraft as cargo. Pets weighing over 8 kilograms (including container) will be accepted for carriage in the hold of the aircraft only.
Domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, or small household birds are accepted in the cabin on flights within the United States and on international flights to and from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Pets are not accepted on flights to and from Jamaica. Domesticated dogs and cats only may be carried to or from international destinations. Frontier does not accept pets as checked baggage.
Hawaii interisland airline operated by Mesa Airlines. Household pets, such as a dog or cat, may travel with you in the passenger cabin. Only one pet per passenger is allowed in the cabin. Pets cannot be transported in the baggage compartment.
Pets are not accepted in the cabin on flights arriving into the State of Hawaii but are accepted on inter-island flights and flights leaving the State of Hawaii. HA will accept for transportation as baggage, dogs, cats and household birds (only in baggage compartment). Hawaiian transports the following live animals as cargo: Dogs, Cats, Live Tropical Fish, Crustaceans, Live Bees, Day Old Chicks.
Hawaii's Animal Quarantine Laws
Dogs and cats meeting specific pre and post arrival requirements may qualify for 5-days–or-less quarantine or direct release at Honolulu International Airport after inspection. Otherwise all cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii
Pets are not accepted in the cabin, but the following animals are accepted in the cargo compartment: Dogs, cats, small birds (that eat seeds, fruit and insects), rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, marmots, squirrels, chinchillas. JAL Group does not accept French Bulldogs and Bulldogs throughout the year, as they have difficulty in adjusting body temperature.
Pet animals may be carried on Jet Airways flights as guest baggage, accompanied baggage or shipped as cargo. Pets booked as accompanied or checked baggage are transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft in a regulations-approved pet container. Booking for pet as guest baggage is to be done by contacting Jet Airways reservations. In this case, the dog or cat is booked on the same flight as the pet owner. If the pet is shipped as cargo it is not necessary for the pet to be booked on the same flight as the owner.
Jet Blue: JetPaws Pet Program
JetBlue gladly accepts small cats and dogs in the aircraft cabin on both domestic and international flights. To book your pet, call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). Pets cannot be booked online.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Pets are accepted in the cabin, as check-in baggage, and in cargo. A small cat or dog can be taken into the Economy Class cabin of most KLM flights, and in Business Class on most KLM flights within Europe. Cats and dogs may travel as check-in baggage in a special ventilated part of the aircraft. Snub-nosed animals such as boxers, pugs, bulldogs, Pekinese and Persian cats can have trouble breathing during the flight due to high temperatures and stress and therefore, may only be transported as cargo. KLM is unable to transport English and French bulldogs, Boston terriers and pugs in the hold or as cargo. To transport your pet as cargo you should contact a specialised cargo agent. You can find a list of cargo agents in the Netherlands at the AIR FRANCE-KLM Cargo website.
Pets (dogs, cats and birds) are accepted in the cabin and the cargo compartment. Other animals such as rabbits, hamsters and snakes are not allowed to board the aircraft.
Pets (small dogs and cats) are accepted in the cabin. Animals that cannot be transported inside the cabin will be transported by Lufthansa in appropriate containers in an air-conditioned area of the cargo hold. There is also the option of unaccompanied animals being carried by Lufthansa Cargo.
Pets are not accepted in the aircraft cabin, but may travel in the baggage and cargo compartments. On Australian domestic flights from eligible airports, pets which fit into a small or medium sized pet pack can be taken as part of your free baggage allowance, however, restrictions apply to certain dog breeds. On international flights or the domestic sector of international flights, or if you are not travelling with your pet, your pet must be sent as freight.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines International
Pets (cats or dogs) are accepted in the aircraft cabin provided you make a reservation and obtain authorization in advance. Animals other than cats and dogs are accepted to fly in the cargo hold only.
Pets are not accepted in the aircraft cabin. In general, there are 2 ways for your pet to travel: Accompanied (as part of checked baggage), available only for cats and certain breeds of dogs and available only for selected airports; Unaccompanied - This alternative pet travel service allows you to check-in and collect your pet from the cargo terminals at your flight's departure and arrival airports. Other than cats and dogs, all other pets must be carried unaccompanied.
Pets are accepted in the aircraft cabin. For pets as Checked Baggage, maximum kennel size accepted is limited to a reservation of one large kennel, or two small or medium per flight. SkyWest does not accept extra-large or giant kennels. Reservations are required.
Pets (small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs) are accepted in the aircraft cabin. Under no circumstances will pets be accepted in the cargo bin. Southwest only accepts cats and dogs in-cabin. Reservations for small cats and dogs can only be booked by calling Southwest Airlines at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792). Pets will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Southwest Airlines Pets FAQs
Domestic dogs, cats and small household birds (except to/from Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) are accepted in the aircraft cabin on all domestic flights. Spirit Airlines does not accept pets for travel in the cabin on international flights and does not transport pets in cargo at any time. Exotic pets such as snakes, spiders, rodents, etc. will not be accepted.
Sun Country Airlines
Pets (cats and dogs) are accepted as checked baggage on select flights within the contiguous United States. Pets are accepted on all domestic flights except Anchorage, Branson, Laughlin, Miami, New York, San Juan and St. Thomas. Pets are accepted on all non-stop domestic flights except Anchorage, Laughlin, Miami, New York, San Juan and St. Thomas. Pets are not accepted on international flights or on connecting or multi-stop flights. Passenger must travel on the same flight as the pet.
Swiss International Air Lines
Pets (dogs and cats) are accepted in the cabin, in the baggage compartment, and as freight. The following countries do not allow animals to be transported in the cabin nor checked-in as “luggage”: Ireland, the UK, Kenya, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. Animals travelling to these countries may only be checked in as freight. You don't necessarily have to accompany your pet - it can be transported as freight without you.
Pets are accepted in the aircraft cabin on both domestic and international flights. Dogs and cats are accepted on all routes, including flights within Peru. On domestic flights in Colombia dogs, cats and small birds are accepted.
Pets (domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and birds) are accepted in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the U.S. Pets are not permitted in the cabin on flights to, from or through Hawaii (animals are accepted as cargo only) or on flights to, from or through Guam. Rules for international in-cabin pet acceptance vary widely -- contact United Reservations for assistance and more information about international in-cabin pet acceptance. PetSafe®, United's specially designed program for transporting animals that are not eligible to travel in the aircraft cabin, offers airport-to-airport delivery for animals and features a 24-hour live animal desk, the ability to track pets from origin to destination and more.
Pets (one small domestic dog, cat or bird per passenger) are accepted in the aircraft cabin, but are not accepted in the cargo compartment. Carry-on pets are not allowed to/from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Antigua, Bridgetown Barbados, Montego Bay, Jamaica or St. Lucia. Only dogs and cats are allowed to/from Costa Rica. Pets are not accepted in the cabin for travel to/from Hawaii. US Airways does not accept any animals in cargo compartments on US Airways or US Airways Shuttle flights.
Pets (cats and dogs) are accepted in the aircraft cabin. Pets checked as baggage are not accepted. Guests with pets cannot be seated in the Main Cabin Select seats or the First Class cabin. Also, pets are not allowed on connections with Interline partners.
Pets are not accepted in the aircraft cabin. All pets travel in the cargo hold, which is heated and air-conditioned just like the cabin. Virgin Atlantic can only accept cats and dogs. However, snub or pug nose breeds like Pekingese or Persians, or any dog listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act are not accepted. Virgin Atlantic will not accept any pets who are under sedation.
Pets (cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds only) are accepted in the aircraft cabin. Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, chinchillas, guinea pigs and hedgehogs are accepted as checked baggage. WestJet will not accept pets in the cabin or in checked baggage at any time due to strict quarantine regulations on flights to/from: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Hawaii (Honolulu, Kona, Lihue and Maui/Kahului), Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia. Due to extreme heat, on certain flights pets are not accepted in checked baggage annually from May 1 to October 31.
PRIVATE JET CHARTERS:
Air Alpha is a charter flight service providing service out of the MidWest to locations throughout the country. Air Alpha welcomes pets (leashed or unleashed) in the cabin. The plane can accommodate up to 8 human passengers depending on luggage and pet weight.
Avantair recognizes that family pets have become... well family. Our pet friendly programs allow you to travel with your beloved animals. Whether it’s Teterboro to West Palm or Aspen to San Francisco, your family pets will have a seat at 41,000 ft. And with several commercial airlines restricting travel for certain breeds, your pug, boxer or bulldog will be a welcomed traveler.
Celebrity Jet: Private Charter Jet
Celebrity Jet, a jet charter service, provides flights to over 10,000 airports in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Pets are welcome.
CharterJets is a world-wide private jet charter company that welcomes the family pet just like any other passenger.
Private Jet Charter Flights throughout the world. We are the pet moving experts and help people throughout the world get their pets to the desired destination in comfort and without stress for the furry one. ElJet has the largest network of private jet charter and corporate jet charter fleets and schedules at our disposal. We have access to more than 4,000 private jet aircraft that fly to 15,000 airports domestically and internationally. It's the most comprehensive inventory of private jet charter flight information available.
IAS Premium Charters
IAS Charters is a private air charter operation out of Southern California. We charter the Pilatus PC-12 and are very pet friendly.
JetCharters.com is a worldwide marketplace for private air charter, allowing people the ability to research and find the private jet that suits their needs.
JetSuite is a leading private charter jet firm that specializes in serving the ever growing world of business owners, both big and small. JetSuite focuses on making travel as convenient and comfortable as possible. Pets (up to two) are welcome on all flights and can enjoy the main cabin with you!
Air Taxi and Private Air Charter Flights from Boston, New York City, Washington DC and Caribbean. On most Linear Air flights, passenger must provide a kennel suitable for transport of the pet. Kennels for large pets may not fit in the aircraft and the customer should contact Linear Air directly for information regarding size constraints. Reservations are recommended, as in most cases only one pet per aircraft is permitted. If kennels are not required, dogs may travel as follows: Dogs not exceeding 35 pounds in weight may be carried on the passenger's lap; Dogs exceeding 35 pounds in weight must be properly restrained with a leash, harness or similar device; Specific seating arrangements apply to accommodate non-kenneled live animals in the aircraft cabin.
Private Jet: Jetset Charter
The majority of our private jets allow most pets (that will fit) on board. Occasionally, there will be a pet deposit required. If the animal is crated, we can usually get that fee waived. No aggressive or poisonous animals will be allowed on board. All private jet charters are paid for on a per flight basis, without any initial capital outlay or membership fees. For those who fly by private jet often, our Jetset Card Program offers affordable pricing and guaranteed availability for all private flights. With Jetset Charter you can choose a private flight as per your budget and requirement. Our customizable private jet charter flights give you the luxury to select a private jet based on the number of people and the distance to be traveled. Jetset Charter offers private jets in light, mid, super mid and heavy aircraft types and you can choose the one which suits your mission best. We do not offer single seats for sale. We only have entire aircraft rentals only. Call 954.668.2366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime for a quote.
Scott Richardson Aviation
Scott Richard Aviation Services, Inc. offers private on-demand air charter services and is a pet friendly air carrier. Your pet is free to roam around the cabin and special catering can be ordered if requested.
Sky Limo Air Charter
Enjoy the freedom to fly wherever and whenever you want to go with Sky Limo Air Charter. From prop to super-mid jets, fly city-to-city, coast-to-coast, or internationally. At Sky Limo Air Charter pets are always welcome. Your best friend can fly in the cabin right next to you. Call 866-948-7110 for more details.
Valley Air Service Inc.
Do you live in Illinois or a bordering state and prefer to travel by private jet? We realize that sometimes the hardest part about traveling is leaving your precious furry friends behind. The cargo hold of a commercial airliner is no place for your pampered pet. At VAS, Inc., we love pets! When your pet is welcomed onboard our beautiful jet, he will receive a customized "PAWS-port," plus a special gift of treats, toys and fun pet essentials. In addition, our Concierge can arrange for pet sitting, grooming and walking your cat or dog at your destination. We can even recommend pet-friendly hotels and resorts in the area. Mention this ad when you contact us to receive $500 off your first trip! Call 888-2FLYVAS or email@example.com.
Action Pet Express
PET SHIPPING made as easy, affordable, and stress free, as possible; with super loving care!
AIR MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION
Air Critical Care, LLC
Air Critical Care is a medical transportation service that offers a pet friendly travel policy and can transport pets for people that are sick and or injured.