Traveling With Pets
Traveling with pets requires extra planning and attention to
The guidelines below apply to most airlines, but it's important to
contact the airline directly by telephone to confirm details for any
trip involving travel with pets. Here's a list of telephone numbers for
major airlines: Airline Toll Free Phone Numbers
If you are transporting a pet outside the United States you need to be
familiar the destination countries entry requirements for animals.
Here's a list of
Carry-on pets in the cabin
Most airlines accept cats, small dogs and household birds for travel in
the cabin on domestic flights. Cabin pets are not normally accepted on
Transatlantic, Transpacific, Central or South American flights.
Certified service animals that assist customers with disabilities and
search animals are permitted for carry-on except for travel to the
Pets checked as baggage
Most airlines allow dogs, cats, household birds, and pot-bellied pigs to
be checked as baggage. Some airlines have restrictions during the summer
months to protect the animals from heat.
Live animals transported as checked baggage on International flights are
subject to government entry regulations. There are specific requirements
concerning health documents, export papers, etc., for each country.
For more specific details on your destination country, call the
Airline Toll Free Phone Number
or check with the countries
Other animals/species must be transported by Air Cargo or Priority
All pets should have proper health documents for their final
destination. Health certificates are normally required. It's important
to obtain the proper documents and contact state veterinary or animal
health commissions for requirements, to avoid problems at your
Most airlines sell carry-on small animal carriers and various sized pet
carriers for use as checked baggage.