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Flying with your dog

    You should be familiar with the airline’s policy on traveling with pets. The individual policies include when the airline will allow a dog as checked baggage or shipped as cargo. An airline may have a summer embargo on flying dogs as checked baggage from May to September, such as Delta. Instead of an embargo, an airline may have a year round policy where they refuse to accept a dog as checked baggage when the temperature gets too cold or too hot. You should always check the temperature at the airport so that you are prepared when you get to the airport and are unable to check your pets as baggage.

    Pay attention to the specific plane being used (referred to as the equipment). Sometimes, the airlines have to change the model making the flight. If it is a smaller plane, then fewer dogs may be allowed on board in the cabin. Additionally, they may be unable to take the dogs as cargo or checked baggage. You should monitor your flight details on the website for your carrier to avoid any surprises at the airport when you check-in.

    You can find the policy for a particular airline on the internet. In addition to websites for each airline, there are some that specialize in pet travel, such as Dog Friendly (www.DogFriendly.com) and Trips with Pets (www.tripswithpets.com). Listed below are selected domestic carriers with web addresses and selections to get the current pet policy.


    AirLineMain Phone NumberWebsiteComments
    Air Tran Airways800-247-8726 www.airtran.comno pets in cargo
    Travel Info - Policies – Animals
    Travel Info – Know Before You Go – Pets
    American Airlines800-433-7300 www.aa.com
    Travel Information – Special Assistance - Traveling With Pets
    Temperature restrictions when transporting pet as checked baggage.
    Must contact Reservations in advance whether pet is in cabin or checked.
    Delta Air Lines800-221-1212www.delta.comembargo 5/15 – 9/15 (baggage)
    Traveling With Us – My Trips/Check-in – Special Travel Needs – Pets
    Temperature restrictions when transporting pet as checked baggage.
    Note: Delta Pet First may be available to transport pet as cargo when
    restrictions apply for transport as checked baggage.
    Jet Blue Airways800-JETBLUEhelp.jetblue.comno pets in cargo
    Travel Information - JetPaws
    Southwest Airlines800-435-9792www.southwest.com no pets in cargo
    Customer Service – Specific Travel Needs – Traveling With Animals
    Select Learn More about traveling with your pet, then Pet FAQs.
    (Customer Service selection is at bottom of webpage.)
    Spirit Airlines800772-7117www.spiritair.comno pets in cargo
    Help – Search for Answers – Pets (must use search feature)
    To add a pet to your reservation - 801-401-2222
    United Airlines800-241-6522www.united.comPetSafe® when not in cabin
    Travel Information – Travel for Animals
    US Airways800-428-4322www.usairways.comno pets in cargo
    Travel Tools – Policies & Special Needs - Pets
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