If you are planning to travel with a pet with Delta Airlines, then you must have knowledge of its pet policy. This airline only allows small dogs, domestic cats, and small household birds in the passenger cabin. To travel with your fur baby, you have to pay a one-way fee at the check-in counter during the check-in procedure. Along with that, you must keep one thing in mind, the pet should be inside a pet carrier/kennel and the carrier should be ventilated and must be in a perfect size to get fit beneath the seat in front of you. 

Delta Air Lines Pet Travel Policy


Here are some conditions of Delta Airlines Pet Policy that you must know; 

  • If you fly on certain aircraft such as the 767 and A330-200, then you are not allowed to travel with a pet. 
  • If you are flying to or from Hawaii, then you cannot take a large pet with you as Delta does not allow any cargo hold facility to this destination.
  • In some countries, your pet will be quarantined after arrival.
  •  Before you travel with your pet, you have to purchase a kennel that meets the norms of Delta Pet Policy.
  •  Show a health and rabies vaccination certificate of your pet at the check-in counter before boarding the flight. 


What are the delta airlines Carry-On Kennel Requirements? 


Below are some follow requirements regarding the pet and its kennel that you must follow; 

  • Your pet should be small enough to get fit in the kennel. The pet should be able to sit, stand, stretch, and move comfortably inside the kennel. 
  • The kennel should be soft from the inside and hard from the outside. Apart from that it should be leakproof and should have a proper ventilation facility on the three sides for domestic flights and four sides for international flights. 
  • The maximum dimension of the kennel should be 18” x 11” x 11”. 
  • During the flight journey, the pet should be inside the kennel in comfort. 

What are delta airline's Pet fees?

If you are flying with Delta Airlines for the first time then you must know about the Pet Fees in detail.

  • If you are taking a flight to/from the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico then you have to pay 125 USD/CAD to travel with your pet. 
  • If you are flying internationally or taking a flight to/from U.S. Virgin Islands then around 200 USD/CAD/EUR pet fee will be applied. 
  • For all the flights to/from Brazil, the pet fee is 75 USD. 

What are delta airline's Pet restrictions?

While traveling with your small pet in the passenger cabin, you must follow some restrictions applied to the pet and its carrier to ensure a safe and happy journey. 

  • To travel as a carry-on pet on a domestic flight, your fur baby should be at least 10 weeks old.
  •  If you are traveling internationally to the U.S., then your pet should be 16 weeks old. 
  • To fly to European Union, just be sure that your fur baby is 15 or more weeks old.  
  • If you have 2 small pets of the same breed and size, and their age is between 10 weeks to 6 months, then they can travel together in one kennel in the passenger cabin. However, to travel together, both pets should be small enough to get fit in the kennel and they both should be very familiar and compatible with each other. Both the babies will be considered as one and charges will be applied accordingly. 

As per Delta Pet Policy, only one pet in a kennel is acceptable. However, some exceptions are there. Details are provided below; 

  • A mumma cat or dog with their un-weaned litter aged between 10 weeks to 6 months can travel as a carry-on pet. 
  • Delta Airlines does not limit the number of litter. 

The kennel will be counted as one carry-on item, so along with the pet with the kennel, you are only allowed to carry one personal item. 

What are Carry-On Pet Exceptions?

There are a few destinations where you cannot travel with a pet in the passenger cabin. Only service animals will be given exceptions. In order to travel, the pet has to be eligible enough to travel in a cargo hold. The destinations with no carry-on pet facilities are listed below; 

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Brazil - Exit Brazil
  • Colombia - Exit Colombia
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica 
  •  New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Trained Service Animals

A passenger with any kind of disability can travel with a fully trained service animal (only dogs). For any queries, you can call on 404-209-3434 number (dial 711 for relay services).

In order to fly with a service dog, you have to submit the U.S. DOT Service Animal Air Travel Form 48 hours before the flight departure time. Along with that form, you have to attest some other certificates such as health, training, and behavior certificate. 

All pets including service dogs are required to be fully vaccinated before traveling on a flight. If you are traveling with a dog/cat aged around 12 weeks (3 months), then you must have to be sure to give a rabies shot to it. However, before flying on a plane you have to wait for an additional month (30 days) so that the vaccine can become more active and effective. 

If you have booked a flight less than 2 days prior to the scheduled flight time then you only need to submit the U.S. DOT Service Animal Air Travel Form at the airport’s check-in counter or departure gate. 

If you are going to fly for 8 hours straight with your pet, then you are required to submit a DOT Relief Attestation Form. This form will state that your service dog or pet is completely able to control its urination and dung during the journey or is able to do it in a sanitary manner. 

Weather Requirements

For the safety of your pet, Delta Airlines does not allow animals in the cargo hold under extreme weather conditions. For instance, if the climatic temperature increases to 80 ˚F  (26.5 ˚C) or falls below 20 ˚F  (-6.5 ˚C), then the airline will not accept the animal as checked baggage. If the temperature falls between 20˚F (-7˚C) to 45˚F (7˚C) then a Certificate of Acclimation will be needed. 

Simultaneously, if your pet is sick or if its health can get threatened by extreme weather conditions, then also Delta will not allow your pet to travel as checked baggage. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Delta airline's pet flying policy does not allow pets to travel as checked luggage.

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