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The Basics- U.S. Airline Pet In-Cabin Policies

Every airline is different, and it can get so overwhelming trying to pick which one to fly on. For some, you may not have much of an option, because it's the only one with a really good deal or the only one with a direct flight.


Below you will see a chart of different U.S. airline requirements. I hope this helps you on your next journey with your fur baby!



U.S. Airline Requirements For Pet In-Cabin

Airline

Pet Fee (Each Way)

Weight Limit

Carrier Size

Pet Per Passenger

Required Health Certificate

Notes

​$100

none

17" x 11" x 9.5" (soft-sided)

17" x 11" x 7.5" (hard-sided)

2

Only for pets traveling in cargo (below the plane)

$50

none

9” x 16” x 19”

2

No

$125

None, but the dog must be able to stand up and turn around in their carrier, with the lid closed (they do ask to see this).

19" x 13" x 9" (Mainline-American)

16" x 12" x 8" (Regional- American Eagle)

1

No

Due to the lack of underseat storage space, carry-on pets are not permitted in First or Business on:

Boeing

777-200

777-300

787-8

787-9

$95 (USA)

$200 (International)

$75 Brazil


none

18” x 11” x 11”

1

No

$99

none

18" x 14" x 8"

1

No

$125

25 lbs. total

16" x 10" x 9.5"

1

Yes

$125

20 lbs. total (carrier & dog)

17" x 12.5" x 8.5"

2

No

*Optional: Jet Blue Pet Carrier Available

(Travelier Tip: If you're worried about your carrier size, this can be nice to ensure no complications occur.)

$125

none

18.5” x 8.5” x 13.5”

1

No

*Optional: Southwest Pet Carrier bag available at Ticket Counter or online. (see Travelier Tip above)

$125

40 lbs total

18” x 14” x 9”


1

No

$125

none

17.5 " x 12" x 7.5 " (hard-sided)

18" x 11" x 11" (soft-sided)

1

Yes, BUT, a rep. told me it's not necessary. HOWEVER, I would rather be safe than sorry! United website states, "If you’re traveling domestically in the U.S. with your pet, we ask that you get a certificate of health from your vet within 30 days of your trip. This certificate should include:

  • Name, phone, address

  • Info about your pet- breed, sex, age, color & markings

  • List of recent vaccine, including names, dates issued and expiration

Pet must also always remain in the floor space under the seat.



Rules That Apply To Almost All Airlines

  • Emotional Support Animals (these are not the same as service animals) are NO LONGER recognized with airlines. Passengers must pay the pet fee and keep them in a carrier.


  • Passengers flying with a pet are not permitted to sit in the emergency row or the bulkhead (the first row on an airplane).

  • Pets are not permitted to be out of the carrier during flights. If a problem occurs, speak to the flight attendant prior to taking them out (if absolutely necessary).






Do you have questions about flying with a dog?

Let me know!





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