Airline Policies in Cabin

Airline Pet Policies in Cabin

If you’re planning to fly with your pet in cabin, you’ll quickly learn that no two airlines are created equal. There is no universal standard when it comes to flying with your pet – each airline has their own policies and restrictions, and they often change over time. Before choosing to fly, it’s best to check up on your airline of choice and see if their pet policies have changed or not. Check out our list of airlines and see what each airline requires for you to travel with your pet in cabin.

aegean airlines

Aegean Airlines Pet Policy

With the exception of specific breeds, only cats, dogs [guide dogs included (see “Service animals” below)] and ferrets (family of mammals: weasels, polecats, ermines and zibeline) can travel in the aircraft cabin with you.

Each passenger is allowed to travel with only one (1) pet in cabin, carried within a special box/container. The maximum permitted weight for a pet, combined with its container, is eight (8) kilos.

If you wish to travel with more pets, they must be of the same species, familiar with each other and carried within the same special box/container. They should also not exceed the maximum weight of eight (8) kilos (including their container).

In case you are traveling with an infant, you are not allowed to travel with a pet in cabin as well.

  • Pets should be carried within a special box/container which is the passenger’s responsibility to provide.
  • The container must not exceed 55cm length x 40cm width x 23cm height. For DH8-100, DH8-400 and ATR aircraft, the following maximum dimensions apply: 40cm length x 25cm width x 25cm height.
  • If you do not have your own container, we will give you a disposable one, available in domestic airports.
  • The container should be leak-proof and pets must be kept there during the whole flight.
  • Pet owners should ensure that pets have enough food and water for the whole flight, including possible transfer times, if applicable.
  • Passengers travelling with a pet in cabin must be seated on any window seat, not in the first row or the emergency exit row and the adjacent ones.
  • The container must be placed under the seat in front of the passenger.
  • Pets may enter lounges but should await their onward journey in their special box/container.

Health condition

Pets/animals must be minimum 12 weeks old, with a valid anti-rabies vaccination.

  • The anti-rabies vaccination is usually repeated every year. The vaccination should be valid and in effect when travelling and with minimum days of 21 since last shot.
  • For a vaccination to be considered valid, it must be applied after microchip. Practically, the pet/animal must be minimum 105 days old in order to be accepted for transportation.

In general, pets/animals must be clean, healthy, harmless, odorless, not pregnant, not sedated and not annoying for other passengers.

Travel documents and check-in

  • Pets/animals must be presented at a check-in counter for acceptance at least one (1) hour before flight departure.
  •  At the Athens and Thessaloniki airports there are special check-in counters exclusively for passengers with pets/animals.
  • The pet/animal’s health book must be presented for inspection and the pet/animal must have been fitted with the required ID microchip.
  • If a pet/animal is not accompanied by its owner, a written authorization from the owner, using a declaration, is required.
  • Online and mobile check-in is available but you may pick your boarding pass at the airport.

Traveling abroad

  • Transportation of pets is subject to Governmental regulations concerning import, export and transit of live animals. Each country may impose additional conditions; therefore, it is mandatory and advised for each passenger/pet owner to visit the respective authorities (usually Ministry of Food and Animal) of their destination country for further requirements.
  • Transportation of dogs, cats and ferrets to the UK is only permitted for flights to London Heathrow and only to be sent as cargo.
  • When travelling abroad, pet owners must also present a pet passport.

It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all paperwork required for the importation of their pet is correct for the country they are entering.


AeroMexico Pet Policy

In order for your cat or dog to travel with you, they must be stowed in a special carrier to be placed under the seat in front of you and shall remain your responsibility throughout the flight.

  • Only cats and dogs are allowed in the cabin.
  • The maximum weight allowed for the pet is 9 kg including the carrier or container weight.
  • You can only fly with your pet in the cabin on flights with a maximum duration of 6 hours.
  • Pets must be at least 8 weeks old.
  • Breastfeeding animals and young animals will not be accepted.
  • Pets in veterinary treatment will not be accepted.

The pets that do not meet the requirements to travel on board the cabin will be accepted as checked-in pets, subject to availability.

Boarding and Premier lounges

  • Your pet must remain in their carrier or container before boarding, when entering the aircraft, and throughout the flight. The container must the Pet In Cabin (PETC) label, which will be fitted at check-in counters.
  • Access to Salon Premier will be allowed as long as the pet remains in its container and the customer is in charge of its care.

During the flight

  • The pet flies at the expense of the client
  • The pet must travel in the same flight as its owner.
  • Only one pet per passenger is allowed.
  • No food or fluids can be given to the pet onboard the plane.
  • Pets shall not be placed on seats intended for clients for any reason whatsoever, even if those seats are empty.
  • When you fly with your pet, you will be assigned a window seat, except on emergency exit and bulkhead rows. With the exception of the Embraer 190 aircrafts in Premier Class, the maximum limit per flight is of one pet in the cabin and an aisle seat will be assigned.
  • If necessary, cleaning onboard the aircraft due to the pet in the cabin will be the responsibility of the customer.
  • Items like blankets and pillows, are exclusively for passenger use.
  • In case of emergency, oxygen cannot be supplied to a pet.
  • If a nearby passenger is allergic to the pet, another seat may be assigned. If there are no other seats available, the flight of the customer who travels with the pet will be changed, without any additional charge or penalties. No additional compensation will be applied as a result of this change.
  • The pet carrier in the cabin must always be placed under the seat, horizontally opposite to the customer.
  • Unaccompanied minors cannot fly with a pet in the cabin.
  • One pet may be carried onboard per passenger, emotional-support animals (ESAN) and service animals included—i.e., a client may NOT transport 1 service pet + 1 pet in cabin or 1 ESAN + 1 pet in cabin or 1 ESAN + 1 service pet.
  • The pet service in cabin is only applicable to flights operated by Aeromexico. If you’re connecting with another airline, you must find out the check-in requirements for your pet. Please take into account that the time you have for your connection must also include your pet check-in.

Containers or carriers allowed

For your pet to be allowed to travel with you in the cabin, its carrier or container must have the following characteristics:

  • Flexible or soft plastic pouch type
  • Interior one-piece base of absorbent material
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Sufficient space for the dog or cat to turn and lie down
  • Only one dog or cat allowed in carrier

Measurements for all aircraft types

Width x length x heig

40x30x20 centimeters/ (16x12x8 inches)

The container must be approved for air transportation. Consider that the weight allowed is of a total of 9 kg, including the pet and container or carrier weight.

air canada

Air Canada Pet Policy

You are welcome to bring your cat or small dog in the cabin with you provided it is small enough to stand, turn around and lie down in its carrier under the seat in front of you. You may do so on:

  • Flights operated by Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge
  • Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz.

Just remember that your pet in its carrier will count as one standard item toward your carry-on baggage allowance.

Your pet cannot travel with you in the cabin if you:

  • Are an unaccompanied minor
  • Are seated in an exit or bulkhead row
  • Require the use of a medical device that needs to be stowed underneath the seat
  • Are travelling in our Premium Economy cabin, as the layout of Premium Economy seats does not allow for the safe stowage of a pet carrier.
  • Are travelling in the Business Class cabin of our Boeing 737 MAX 8 (7M8) aircraft

Carrier Restrictions

  • On Boeing 789 aircraft, the pet carrier cannot exceed these dimensions:
    • Height: 20 cm ( in height,
    • Width: 40 cm (16 in)
    • Length: 43 cm (17 in)
  • On Boeing 788 aircraft, the pet carrier cannot exceed these dimensions:
    • Height: 20 cm (8 in) in height,
    • Width: 40 cm (16 in)
    • Length: 43 cm (14.50 in)
  • On Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR  aircraft, the pet carrier cannot exceed these dimensions :
    • Height: 21 cm (8.25 in) in height,
    • Width: 38 cm (15 in)
    • Length: 43 cm (17 in)

Other Restrictions

  • Only one cat or small dog in the cabin is allowed per passenger.
  • Your pet must:
    • Be at least 12 weeks old and fully weaned.
    • Remain at all times in a closed pet carrier stowed under your seat.
  • You’ll need to arrive a full 30 minutes prior to the recommended check-in time for your flight as you must see an agent at check-in. Passengers travelling with pets cannot check in online or at airport self-service kiosks.

Pet Restraint Devices

If your pet is travelling in the cabin with you, pet restraint devices (e.g. pet strollers and car seats) are accepted as checked baggage only (all checked baggage rules apply).

This is because you are allowed one standard carry-on item and your pet in its carrier already counts as that one item.

air france

Air France Pet Policy


Animals accepted
With prior approval from customer service, you can transport a dog or a cat weighing no more than 8 kg / 17 lb (including bag) in the cabin.

Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old and have all required vaccines. On flights within metropolitan France (including Corsica), and between metropolitan France and Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion Island, the minimum age for your pet is 8 weeks old. On flights between metropolitan France and French Guiana, your pet must be at least 15 weeks old.

In the Business cabin on intercontinental flights:
Air France does not accept pets in the Business cabin on intercontinental flights. For its own safety, your dog or cat must travel in the hold.

Travel in the cabin for snub-nosed animals
In high-stress situations, snub-nosed animals, such as pugs, bulldogs, boxers, Pekingese, Shih Tzu or Persian cats, are prone to respiratory problems. Therefore, before attempting to travel by air with your pet, please first obtain advice from your vet.

Transport rules
Your dog or cat must travel in a special closed travel bag that does not exceed 46 x 28 x 24 cm / 18 x 11 x 9 in. For your comfort on board, Air France recommends that you use a flexible bag.

  • The bag must be well-ventilated and be big enough for your animal to stand up and turn around.
  • The bag must fit in the area underneath the seat in front of you.
  • Under no circumstances may your animal leave its travel bag during the flight.
  • Only 1 animal is permitted per container.
  • Each passenger may travel with only 1 animal.
  • Your pet’s travel container is considered an additional baggage item and will incur a fee.

For safety reasons, animal crates are no longer accepted in the cabin, no matter their dimensions.


  • Your animal must have all required vaccines in order to be permitted on board.
  • All dogs and cats traveling within the European Union must be identified by an electronic chip. It should also possess a European passport. Provided and completed by an authorized veterinarian, the passport identifies your pet and certifies that it is properly vaccinated.
  • We recommend that you check with the embassy of your destination country to learn more about national regulations. For example, for travel to Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom or Malta, additional sanitary conditions apply.
  • For travel outside the European Union, be sure to consider the regulations enforced in both the originating and destination countries (vaccinations, quarantine, etc.).
  • Air France declines all responsibility for any costs incurred (booking modification fees, hotel stay, kennel fees, etc.) in case your animal is refused transport due to non-compliance with our provisions, or in case your animal is refused upon arrival due to non-compliance with the provisions established by the country of destination.


You can buy a travel bag for transporting your pet in the cabin or in the hold on our Air France Shopping website.
Purchased items are available for delivery to the following countries: Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, metropolitan France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States.

Flying Blue members earn Miles with each purchase. And you can even pay in Miles!

Other Restrictions

The transport of animals in the hold and in the cabin is prohibited on flights to China.

alaska airlines

Alaska Air Pet Policy

Pets in the cabin

Passengers must be 18 years or older to travel with a pet in the cabin. A passenger traveling with a pet may not occupy an emergency exit row or bulkhead row., The First Class cabin can accommodate a total of one pet carrier per flight, and the main cabin can accommodate a total of up to five pet carriers per flight.

Important notes for travel with your pet in the cabin:

  • The pet carrier counts toward your carry-on bag allotment. You may bring either a pet carrier and a personal item, or a pet carrier and a standard size carry-on bag. You may not board the aircraft with a pet carrier, a standard size carry-on, and a personal item.
  • A customer may travel with a maximum of 2 pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer.
  • Pets allowed in the passenger cabin are dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and must have been fully weaned and accustomed to take solid food and has done so, without nursing, for a period of at least 5 days.
  • Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress.
  • The pet must stay in its container (including head and tail) with the door/flap secured at all times in the boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), Alaska Lounge, and while onboard the aircraft. They must be stowed under the seat during taxi, takeoff, and landing.
  • Animals with offensive odors or those that create a noise disturbance must travel in the climate-controlled baggage compartment.

Carriers in cabin
The USDA and IATA have specific requirements.

Pets must be small enough to fit and stay comfortably in a kennel under the seat.

The following carrier sizes are accepted for travel in the cabin:

TypeKennel sizeDimensions (length x width x height)
Hard-sided5017″ x 11″ x 7.5″
Soft-sided5017″ x 11″ x 9.5″

To be accepted for travel, your pet carrier must:

  • Be within the listed dimensions above
  • Be clean and leak-proof with absorbent bedding made of material that is safe and non-toxic to the animal
  • Fully enclose the animal and be escape-proof
  • Have adequate air ventilation
  • Be free of tears, cracks, or breaks

american airlines

American Airlines Pet Policy

Carry-on pets

On flights with American you can bring 1 kennel as your carry-on bag if:

  • You pay the carry-on pet fee
  • Your pet stays in the kennel and under the seat in front of you the entire flight

You can travel with your pet carrier and 1 personal item, but you will not be permitted to bring a carry-on bag in addition to a pet carrier and personal item. Instead, the kennel will replace your carry-on bag.

If your pet is too large to fly in the cabin, it must travel with American Airlines Cargo. Keep in mind, we only accept checked pets for active-duty U.S. Military and U.S. State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders, and the pet carrier must meet all kennel guidelines for checked-pets. If you don’t meet these requirements, your pet may not travel. Fees and restrictions apply.

Pet strollers must be checked at the ticket counter, and all checked bag fees apply.

Kennel Guidelines for Carry-on Pets

We assume no liability for the health or well-being of carry-on pets. These rules are enforced:

  • Pets must be able to stand and sit erect, turn around normally and lie down in a natural position in their kennel (without touching any side or the top of the container).
  • Non-collapsible kennels can’t exceed the underseat dimensions of any aircraft included in your journey. Please contact reservations to verify maximum dimensions.
  • Soft-sided collapsible kennels can be slightly larger but still need to fit under the seat without having to excessively collapse the kennel, must be secure, padded, made of water-repellant material and have nylon mesh ventilation on 2 or more sides.

Flying in First / Business on an A321T?

  • Pets must stay in their kennel during your flight and will need to be placed in a dedicated animal friendly compartment at the front of the plane during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence
  • The combined weight of the carrier and your pet can’t exceed 20 lbs. / 9.07 kgs., weighed at check-in

Kennel Limitations for Carry-on Pets

We can only accept:

  • 7 kennels on American flights, excluding service animals
  • 5 kennels on American Eagle flights; 1 in First

Contact Reservations to plan for your pet in advance.

Carry-on Pet Restrictions

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


  • 777-200
  • 777-300
  • 787-8
  • 787-9

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Air Pet Policy

  • You can carry up to two healthy pets in an approved carrying container.
  • Your pet must be at last twelve weeks old (16 weeks from or to the USA). Young animals must be weaned from their mother.
  • Your pet may be carried in the cabin and/or the cargo hold depending on your pet’s size, weight (including carrying container) and the applicable regulations in the country concerned. You will find the respective details on this page below.

Please notify us in good time if you wish to bring your pet with you. We will check the conditions of carriage and the space available.

Small pets in the cabin

The carrying container must:

  • be soft, bite-proof and leak-proof.
  • insulated against odours.
  • be adequately ventilated even when closed.
  • be large enough to accommodate the pet in a natural position.

The total weight of the pet and the carrying container must not exceed 8 kg, a maximum size of 118 cm (55 x 40 x 23 cm) so that it can be stowed easily under the seat in front of you.
Please note: In some countries, such as Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and South Africa, pets must be carried as freight irrespective of their size.


Avianca Pet Policy

Before making your reservation you should check if this service is provided on your flight. Your pet can travel with you in the cabin if it meets the following requirements:

  • We accept dogs, cats and small ornamental birds.
  • It must weigh 10 kilograms maximum including the weight of the case.
  • Its height should not exceed 20 centimeters.
  • It should be kept in a waterproof fabric case with holes.
  • Only one pet may fly per person per row on the aircraft.
  • The transportation of pets in the cabin is subject to availability.

Conditions to keep in mind:

*** Two (2) pets are not allowed in the same row, except when they belong to the same family group.

  • Pets that are aggressive and may cause inconvenience to other passengers and crew may not travel in the cabin and may be transported in the hold. The costs of this change will be assumed by the passenger.
  • This service is not available for flights to/from Aruba and Curacao. The only exception is in case of permanent move to the island of Curacao.
  • You can book and pay in our sales offices, call center or travel agencies to ensure the space for your pet, you can also book and pay at the airport on the day of your trip but we can not assure the service as it is subject to availability of space per flight.
  • The airport authorities, animal health authorities and Avianca reserve the right to refuse admission or transport the pet, if they consider that it does not meet the regulatory and safety conditions suitable for travel.
  • If you are traveling with a minor, you can also access the service and fly with your pet in the cabin.
  • Exotic birds, protected or endangered species are not accepted for carriage as baggage either in the cabin or in the hold.

General information:

  • Your four-legged friend must be collared, leashed and muzzled at the airport while outside its container. In addition, it must remain inside the case during the flight.
  • Live animals are not allowed to be transported to the Galapagos Islands.
  • Please note that due to Animal Reception Centre restrictions, this service is not available for flights to the UK.
  • We do not transport pets (dogs or cats) that are less than 4 months old, due to the minimum waiting period after rabies vaccination.
  • Please note that the minimum age for transporting pets in some countries is over four months of age. We invite you to learn more about this topic at IATA Travel Center.

The Pet Carrier

  • The dimensions of the bag must be 40.6 centimeters long + 27.9 centimeters wide + 20.3 centimeters high.
  • While traveling, place your pet under the chair in front of you.
  • You will be able to feed your pet as long as it remains inside the case.
  • The carrier should occupy the space under the seat in front of the passenger’s feet and be large enough to allow the animal to stand up, turn around and lie down naturally. Keep in mind that your pet must always be in its container during the flight, at no time during the flight can they leave their carrier.
  • They must have holes that allow ventilation.
  • They must have a collection system for waste produced during transport.

brussels airlines

Brussels Airlines Pet Policy

  • Cats (max. 8kg/18 lbs, including the pet bag)
  • Dogs (max. 8kg/18 lbs, including the pet bag)
  • Seeing-eye, hearing or assistant dogs (no restrictions in size or weight)

* Maximum 4 pet containers per aircraft are allowed.

What are the conditions for acceptance?

Animal must be:

  • Above 12 weeks old (16 weeks for USA)
  • Clean and healthy
  • Calm and well behaved
  • Kept in a soft-sided, leak- and smell-proof bag during the entire flight
  • Has to remain completely inside the bag (including tail and head)
  • May be pregnant (proof of the veterinary is required certifying that the animal is fit to travel)

The bag/container must be:

  • Leak- and smell-proof
  • Soft-sided, closed bag, to be stowed completely under the seat in front of you
  • Within the size of 118cm / 45 inch (max. total dimensions)
  • To be provided by you (can be bought at Brussels Airport for the price of €45)
  • Max. 1 bag per passenger is allowed
  • 2 adult pets may travel in the same bag provided they are comfortable with each other (total max. weight of 8kg / 18lbs, including the bag)
  • 3 small pets (max. 6 months old) may travel in the same bag, only when from the same litter (total max. weight of 8kg / 18lbs, including the bag)

Seating Restrictions

Guests travelling with a pet in cabin cannot be seated on the following places on the aircraft:

  • At the emergency exit rows
  • On the first row on narrow body aircrafts
  • In close proximity of other pets

Delta Airlines

Delta Pet Policy

Small dogs, cats and household birds can travel in the cabin for a one-way fee, collected at check-in. They must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you.

To ensure your pet has a safe, healthy and happy flight, please review the following requirements when flying with a small pet as a carry-on:

  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for domestic travel
  • Your pet must be 16 weeks old if traveling to the U.S. from another country and must be at least 15 weeks old when traveling to the European Union
  • One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions:
    • One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is between 10 weeks to 6 months of age
    • No limit on the number of animals in the litter
    • 2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in 1 kennel as long as they are small enough to fit into a single kennel and are compatible – they will be charged as 1 pet

Pets in cabin kennels will count as your one carry-on item. In addition to the kennel, you are permitted to bring one personal item onboard the aircraft.

Carry-On Kennel Requirements

Your pet must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you and adhere to the following requirements:

  • Be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel and have the ability to move around
  • The kennel must fit under the seat directly in front of you
  • The soft- or hard-sided kennels must be leak-proof and have ventilation openings on three sides (four sides for international travel)
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight as the space under seats vary by aircraft, we recommend a soft-sided kennel with maximum dimensions of 18” x 11” x 11” since this fits most aircraft types
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight – please check your flight’s aircraft dimensions to ensure your kennel will fit
    • We recommend having your pet’s kennel dimensions prior to contacting us
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge and while on board the aircraft

Carry-On Pet Exceptions

For any travel to or from the following destinations — with the exception of service animals — pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted in the cabin. For travel to Hawaii, pets are not permitted to travel in the cabin and other restrictions may apply:

  • 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

Booking Your Carry-On Pet

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your pet meets the above requirements, please contact Delta Reservations in advance to arrange bringing your pet on board.  

Be sure to have your kennel dimensions (length, width and height) ready when contacting us.

To ensure the comfort of all our customers, Delta limits the number of total pets per flight.

Checking In with Your Carry-On Pet

When you arrive at the airport, you will need to head to the Special Service Counter to check-in with your pet. At check-in, a Delta agent will ensure your pet and kennel meet the necessary requirements for your trip and collect the required pet fee. Remember to allow extra time at check-in for us to ensure your pet is ready for take-off! 

Once you are checked in and have your cabin pet tag, you are ready to go to the security checkpoint. At the checkpoint, you will need to take your pet out of their kennel.  

Your pet must remain in the kennel in the airport apart from the security checkpoint and designated relief areas.

Onboard Experience with Your Pet

  • Customers with carry-on pets may not sit in the following areas:
    • Bulkhead seats 
    • An emergency exit row 
    • Seats designated as “no stowage” 
    • Flat-bed seats 
    • Rows 30-35 on the A330-200 aircraft 
    • Rows 30-43 on the A330 -300 aircraft 
    • Center seats on the B757-200 aircraft
    • Delta One® seats
  • Your pet must remain inside their closed/zipped up carrier for the entire flight 


EasyJet Pet Policy

Animals are not allowed on our flights, apart from recognised registered guide and assistance dogs.


Emirates Pet Policy

Animals are not permitted in the cabin of Emirates flights, with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan, and Guide Dogs for the visually impaired.

etihad airways

You can pay to bring your cat or dog on board Etihad operated flights. 

  • If you are travelling in Economy, your pet will sit in their carrier under your seat in Economy, or you can purchase an adjacent seat for them to sit in their carrier next to you. The pet travel bag or kennel must not exceed 40 x 40 x 22cm (L x W x H) to fit under your seat in Economy or 50 x 43 x 50cm (L x W x H) if you have purchased an adjacent seat
  • If you are travelling in Business or First, you can purchase an adjacent seat for your pet to sit in their carrier next to you. The pet travel bag or carrier must not exceed 50 x 43 x 50cm (L x W x H)
  • Your cat or dog must be at least 16 weeks old and weigh no more than 8kg including their carrier.
  • Pets will not be accepted on flights operated by our partner airlines.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to travel with a pet

Checklist for traveling with animals in the cabin

Before you travel with an animal in the cabin, please make sure that:

  • You have checked all entry and exit regulations for the countries you are flying to and from
  • All applicable veterinary examinations or treatments have been completed
  • You have asked your vet about any medication that may need to be administered to your pet during the journey
  • Have all the official documents required for your pet to travel
  • You have registered your pet for carriage in the cabin no later than 72 hours before your flight and have received confirmation of pet acceptance
  • Your pet is familiar with the travel bag or kennel
  • You have a lead and a suitable harness or collar available
  • You have dry pet food in a sealed container in your cabin baggage

To help to keep your pet calm as they fly, we suggest placing a blanket, an old item of your clothing or your pet’s favourite toy in the travel bag or kennel with them. 

frontier airlines

Frontier Airlines Pet Policy

A few things to know before traveling with pets:

  • In addition to the travel container for your pet, you are allowed either a personal item (8”H x 14”W x 18”L) OR a carry-on bag (10”H x 16”W x 24”L). An additional fee will apply for the carry-on bag.
  • We do not allow pets to be checked as baggage.
  • Be sure to look into the applicable laws, customs, and other governmental regulations, requirements or restrictions of the country, state or territory to which your animal is being transported. This is your responsibility. Also remember to obtain your pet’s required health documents.
  • We recommend that pets have no food or water within four hours of departure.

A few things to know about traveling with pets in the cabin:

  • Only certain animals are allowed in the cabin:
    • Domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, or small household birds may be carried on flights within the United States.
    • The following species are never accepted: Large birds (e.g. parrots, macaws, cockatoos, birds of prey), rodents (including mice, rats, squirrels), beavers, ferrets, reptiles (including snakes), amphibians, spiders, and insects (and please, no lions, tigers, or bears).
    • Only domesticated dogs and cats may be carried to or from international destinations.
  • Pets are allowed in the cabin on all domestic Frontier flights, and on international flights to/from the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
  • You may not sit in row one or an exit row when traveling with a pet.
  • For safety reasons, your pet must remain in the travel container at all times. If your pet is disruptive, it’s up to you to soothe him/her without taking him/her from the pet container.
    Please Note: While it might be tempting to help comfort your pet, most veterinarians advise against sedating pets for travel since the effects of tranquilizers on animals at higher altitudes are unpredictable.
  • We ask that you do not provide food or water to your pet while traveling on the aircraft. The stress of traveling, the motion of the aircraft, and other factors could make your pet uncomfortable.
  • Please Note: No oxygen will be administered to a pet in the event of an emergency.
  • Your pet needs to be harmless, not disruptive, odorless, and require no attention during flight.

A few things to know about your pet’s traveling container:

  • The travel container must be large enough for the pet to stand, turn around, and lie down in a natural position (you want your pet to be comfortable, don’t you?). The carrier must also fit underneath the seat in front of you. There may be certain seats that cannot accommodate your pet container, but we’ll work with you to get a seat assignment with space.
  • Maximum dimensions for a pet container are 18″ length x 14″ width x 8″ height.
  • We recommend the container be a soft-sided case.
  • Your pet must stay in its container at all times.


Iberia Pet Policy

Acceptable PETs in Cabin: dogs, cats, fish, turtles and birds (except birds of prey). Take them with you in the cabin if they don’t weigh more than 8 kg. (including their cage or pet pack).

Some pets can travel in the cabin with you, if you get authorisation from the Booking Office and if the pet meets these conditions:

  1. 8 kg. maximum weight including cage or pet pack.
  2. Maximum container measurements are 45 cm long, 35 cm wide and 25 cm height and the sum of the three dimensions cannot exceed 105 cm.
  3. The cage or pet pack should be strong, ventilated, with a waterproof floor and it should be safe.
  4. To carry birds, please ensure that the cage is strong, locks securely and that no food or drink can spill. The cage must also always be covered.
  5. You can carry several animals of the same species in the same container if they are small and light enough.
  6. You pet should travel with you without bothering the other passengers. It must stay inside its container/cage during the whole flight and its care is your responsibility.
  7. Animals with special characteristics, e.g., a strong odour, etc., may bother other passengers and the crew, and you will not be able to carry them.
  8. For safety reasons, do not occupy a seat in the aisles next to the emergency exits.


jetBlue Pet Policy

  • Per the CDC, starting 7/14/21, dogs are not permitted to fly to/from Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, and PeruTo err on the side of caution, JetBlue has decided to apply our policy to both dogs and cats. Cats and dogs are also not permitted on flights going to Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago or to/from London.
  • Check the vaccination and documentation required for each destination on your itinerary.
  • Don’t forget your pet’s ID tags and license.
  • Your pet and approved pet carrier count as one personal item and must fit under the seat in front of you. Your pet carrier cannot exceed 17″L x 12.5″W x 8.5″H and the combined weight of your pet and the carrier must not exceed 20 pounds). If you don’t already have one, you can purchase one at the departure gates at JFK’s T5 (credit card payments only). Please note that you would need a pet stroller or other carrier to get through the airport and to the gate.
  • Traveling on a Blue Basic fare? Carry-on bags are not permitted, but you may bring a personal item in addition to the pet carrier.
  • Only one pet is allowed per carrier, and they must be able to turn around comfortably when it’s closed.
  • All pets must remain inside the pet carrier while at the airport and on the plane.

How to Book Your Pet

Small dogs and cats may travel in the cabin (except in Mint) in an FAA-approved pet carrier that fits comfortably under the seat in front of you. You can book your pet online at or the free JetBlue app, or by contacting us.  

  • The pet fee is $125 each way and can be added in the Extras section during booking.
  • A maximum of two pets per traveler is allowed, each in their own carrier. In order to bring a second pet, a second seat and pet fee must be paid.
  • A total of six pets are allowed on each flight, so it’s best to book early.
  • We know how much you love to spoil your pet, but they’re not allowed in Mint.
  • We highly recommend that you sit in a window or aisle seat. You will not be assigned an exit row, bulkhead seat or any seat restricted for under-seat stowage.
  • Pets are not accepted on interline/codeshare bookings, regardless of booking source (, travel agency, partner airline’s website, etc.).
  • TrueBlue members earn 300 extra points per segment for adding a pet to their booking.

At the Airport

Already paid the pet fee and have your pet’s SSR code? You can check in 24 hours before your flight online, on the JetBlue app or at an airport kiosk.

  • Once you’re checked in, please stop by a full-service counter—or speak with a JetBlue crewmember in the self-service lobby—to obtain your special JetPaws® bag tag, which will be attached to your pet’s carrier so everyone knows they’re runway-ready. It also comes with some handy Petiquette® tips.
  • At the security checkpoint, remove your pet and carry (or walk) it while the pet carrier is x-rayed. Pets are allowed in the TSA Pre® line with approved travelers.
  • Your pet and carrier count as one personal item.
  • All pets must remain inside the pet carrier while at the airport and on the plane.
  • During taxi, takeoff, and landing, your pet must remain inside the carrier under the seat in front of you. During the rest of the flight, you may hold the carrier on your lap (or, if you purchased an additional seat for your pet, you may place the carrier on that seat or on your lap).
  • Have a pet stroller? You may gate-check it for no charge to the arrival gate or bag carousel at your destination. Pet strollers are not considered an assistive device and would incur a charge if checked at the ticket counter.
  • Unless you’re at an airport that has a post-security pet relief area (like JetBlue’s T5 at JFK), you’ll need to exit the airport and return through security if your pet needs to relieve him/herself.


Lufthansa Pet Policy

Small dogs and cats, who weigh a maximum of 8 kg including a suitable transport container, may be taken with you into the passenger cabin.

Please note: each passenger is allowed to take a maximum of two animals with them (in an approved transport container). Animals can be transported either in the cabin and/or in the cargo hold:

  • No more than two animals (dog or cat) in the cabin (in an approved transport container) or no more than two animals in the cargo hold (in one or two approved transport containers)
  • One animal (dog or cat) in the cabin (in an approved transport container) and one animal in the cargo hold (in an approved transport container)

Special regulations also apply to breeds of fighting dogs and snub-nosed animal breeds.

Please also note the minimum age of the animals to be transported. For dogs and cats the minimum age is

  • 12 weeks,
  • for journeys to/from Germany it is 15 weeks,
  • for journeys to/from the USA it is 16 weeks.

Specifications for the transport container

A soft-sided carrier that can be securely fastened is required for the transport of small dogs and cats in the cabin. You must bring this with you. It is not, as a general rule, possible to purchase one at the airport.

  1. The maximum size is 118 cm (55 x 40 x 23 cm) or 47 in (22 x 16 x 9 in).
  2. The total weight of the transport container, including the animal, must not exceed 8 kg.
  3. The animal must be able to stand in its natural position in the closed transport container, and also lie down and turn without any restriction.
  4. The container must be escape-proof, leak-proof and bite-proof.
  5. The inside of the container must be lined with absorbent material. We recommend a blanket or old clothing. Newspaper, cardboard and straw are not permitted.
  6. The animal must be stowed in the transport container under the seat in front of you when on board. If this is not possible, it must be attached to your safety belt by a lead while remaining in the container.
  7. Only one transport container per passenger is allowed in the cabin.
  8. The number of animals per transport container is limited to one animal. However, exceptions apply. (1)

Southwest Pet Policy

Southwest Airlines allows small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs to travel with you in-cabin under the seat in front of you. All pets must be carried in an appropriate carrier, as indicated below. 

Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.

Pets will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Six (6) pets are allowed per flight with a limit of one pet carrier per paying Customer traveling on the same flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight.

Pets must be checked in at the airport ticket counter, however Customers can still secure their boarding pass online, at curbside checkin, the airport kiosk, or the ticket counter.

A pet that engages in disruptive behavior may be denied boarding. Examples of disruptive behavior include (but are not limited to):

  • Scratching, excessive whining or barking
  • Growling, biting, lunging
  • Urinating or defecating in the cabin or gate area

Acceptable Pet Carriers:

  • The Southwest Airlines Pet Carrier (17” long x 9.5” high x 10” wide).
  • Other pet carriers with maximum dimensions of 18.5” long x 8.5” high x 13.5” wide.
  • Soft-sided and hard-sided carriers specifically designed as pet carriers are acceptable.
  • The carriers must be leak-proof and well ventilated.
  • The pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the Customer and be stowed in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

Pet Carrier Requirements:

  • Southwest Airlines allows only one pet carrier per ticketed Passenger.
  • The carrier may contain two (2) cats or dogs and must be of the same species per carrier.
  • The cat or dog must be completely inside the pet carrier and be able to stand up and move around the carrier with ease.
  • Pets must be secured in the pet carrier at all times while in the gate area, during boarding/deplaning, and they must remain in the carrier for the entire duration of the flight. Failure to follow this requirement may result in denial of transportation of the pet onboard Southwest Airlines.

Note: Pet carriers are considered either a personal item or a carryon item. A Customer may board the aircraft with either a pet carrier and a personal item or a pet carrier and a regular size carryon bag. A Customer may not board the aircraft with a pet carrier, a regular size carryon bag, and a personal item. The pet carrier must conform to all carryon baggage regulations.

Pet Travel Restrictions

  • Southwest Airlines does not accept pets (cats or dogs) traveling without a Customer.
  • Pets are not permitted to travel with Unaccompanied Minors.
  • Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight.
  • Customers traveling with a pet may not occupy an exit row or a seat with no forward under-seat stowage.
  • Southwest Airlines will only carry pets in the cabin; pets are not permitted as checked baggage.
  • There will be no more than six (6) scheduled pet carriers per scheduled flight. However, from time to time, circumstances may allow for more (or fewer) than six (6) pet carriers per scheduled flight.
  • Cats and dogs must be at least eight (8) weeks old for travel.
  • The animals must be harmless, not disruptive, odorless, and require no attention during flight.
  • Cats and dogs must remain in the carrier (including head and tail) and the carrier must be stowed under the seat in front of the Customer (owner) for the entire duration of the flight.
  • A pet may not share a carrier with a trained service animal or an emotional support animal.
  • The purchase of an additional seat may be required to accommodate the pet when traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator, trained service animal, or emotional support animal.
  • Southwest Airlines will not be responsible if a Customer misses a flight due to the need to take the cat or dog to an outside relief area. Flight departures will not be delayed or held in order for connecting Customers to take a pet to an animal relief area.
  • If the pet becomes ill during the flight, oxygen or other first aid procedures will not be administered.
  • In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask may not be available for the cat or dog.
  • Southwest Airlines assumes no liability for the health or wellbeing of carryon pets.

In-cabin Pet Carriers

Get your official Southwest Airlines branded pet carrier for $58 (tax included) at any Southwest Airport Ticket Counter or online (tax not included) at Southwest: The Store (not an affiliate of Southwest Airlines Co.). Pet carriers are nonrefundable.

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Spirit Pet Policy

We want you to be able to take your favorite furry friend with you when you travel. That’s why we allow small domesticated pets to travel on all domestic flights including Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. in the guest cabin.

Spirit will only allow the following pets on the aircraft:

  • Domestic dogs
  • Domestic cats
  • Small household birds (except to / from Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I. )
  • Small domestic rabbits (except to/from Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I)

Important guidelines when bringing your pet:

  • Spirit Airlines does not require a health certificate for pets traveling with guests in the aircraft cabin, except for Guests traveling to USVI.
  • Spirit Airlines does require a rabies vaccination certificate for pets traveling with guests in the aircraft cabin to Puerto Rico.
  • Spirit only allows small domestic dogs, domestic cats, small household birds and small domestic rabbits on the aircraft.  
  • A maximum of 2 pets per container is permitted, but only one container per guest is allowed. 
  • Animals must be able to stand upright and move about comfortably in the container. 
  • Animals must remain in the carrier for the duration of the flight.
  • The pet should be at least eight (8) weeks old and fully weaned. 
  • The animal must be harmless, inoffensive, odorless, and require no attention during the flight. 
  • If the animal becomes offensive or causes a disturbance prior to leaving the gate; it will be removed.
  • The pet cannot be ill, violent, or in physical distress. 
  • Advance notice is recommended but not required. 
  • You may choose to sit anywhere you wish with the exception of the first row and emergency exit rows.
  • The combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 40 pounds (18.14 kg).

Pet Carrier Guidelines 
The container must be inspected and approved by Spirit and able to fit underneath the seat in front of the guest traveling with the animal. (Maximum container size is 18″x14″x9″ (45.72cm x 35.56 cm x 22.86cm)) in over all dimensions (L x W x H). The combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 40 pounds (18.14KG). The pet must remain in the carrier at all time, and be able to stand and turn around in the container.

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Sun Country Airlines

Can my pet travel with me on Sun Country?

Yes. Small dogs and cats may travel in the passenger section of the plane on flights within the 48 contiguous United States.

Are there size restrictions for my pet?

Yes. Your pet needs to be small enough to fit comfortably in an approved carrier that fits under the seat.

What kind of carrier does my pet have to fly in?

The carrier must be for one pet only, be hard or soft sided, have a leak-proof bottom, and be well ventilated. The size of the carrier should be no larger than 16 inches x 10 inches x 8 inches and must fit under the seat in front of you.

How many pets are allowed on a Sun Country flight?

A maximum of four pets are allowed per flight, and only one pet per ticketed traveler is allowed.

Do I have to sit in certain seats if traveling with a pet?

Yes. Seat selections in a bulkhead or exit row seat are not allowed, and we recommend that you book a middle seat, as it has the most under seat space.

How do I make a reservation for my pet?

Please call Sun Country Reservations at 651-905-2737, and we’ll be happy to assist you with making a reservation for your pet.

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Swiss Airlines Pet Policy

  • We have a limited number of pets per flight in the cabin and in checked baggage
  • A maximum of two animals (dog or cat) for one passenger
  • One animal (dog or cat) in the cabin and one animal in the hold
  • A maximum of two animals in the hold (in one or two approved transport containers)

Dogs and cats are only permitted to travel from the age of 12 weeks and above. The same rule applies to flights from the USA. For flights to the USA, travel is only permitted from the age of 16 weeks and above.

The following animals can travel in the cabin

  • Dogs and cats weighing up to 8 kg (weight including transport container). 
  • Larger dogs for protection or assistance (e.g. guide dogs for the visually impaired).


  • You must transport your animal in a soft container that is clean, escape-proof, and scratch-proof. The maximum container size is 118 cm (55 x 40 x 23 cm).
  • There must be enough space in it for the animal, which must remain fully in the transport container for the entire flight. It is not allowed to run around in the cabin.
  • Your animal must be clean and healthy and should not bother any other passengers. It should not be dangerous, pregnant, or smell.
  • The transport container must be large enough for the animal to stand in its natural position, turn around and lie down.
  • The transport container must be stowed under your seat during the entire flight. Due to the design of the seats in the Airbus 330/340, this is not possible in SWISS Business (except in the last row) or baggage compartments or under another passenger seat during take-off and landing.
  • There are no size and weight restrictions for dogs with protective or assistance functions. They can travel freely in the cabin and do not have to be in a transport container.
  • Emotional support dogs are only accepted free of charge on SWISS flights to/from the USA (including direct connections). For flights outside the USA, the emotional support dog will be transported in the cabin or cargo department depending on weight and size and additional charges apply until31 January 2021.

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Tap Portugal Pet Policy

Transportation of pets in the cabin

Only dogs and cats in their own soft container with a total weight (animal/animals + container) of up to 8kg / 17lb can be carried in the cabin. The container should be stored under the seat, which is 40x33x17cm. All pets (with the exception of assistance dogs) that exceed this weight must be carried in the hold.

Carrying pets in the cabin is subject to the species, size, and weight of the animal to be carried, as well as the availability of space on the aircraft and the acceptance of entry into the country of destination. If the journey involves more than one airline, confirmation of transport from all the companies involved is required.

Maximum weight total (animal + container): 8kg / 17lb
Size of the space for the container:  40x33x17cm

Reserve a ticket for your pet

Our pet carriage service is subject:

  • to the space available on the aeroplane.
  • to the class you are flying in and the type of aircraft.
  • to pets being allowed into the destination country.
  • to the kind of animal and the total weight of the animal and the container.
  • age of the animal — must be at least 10 weeks old.

That is why it must be requested at the time of reserving your trip, or before your flight, provided that it is at least 24 hours before departure.

Breed(s) and number of animals to be carried

Only dogs and cats can be carried in the cabin. 

All other kinds of animals are carried in the hold. Each passenger can bring one container with one or more animals of the same species, depending on availability.

Sizes and types of container (LxHxW)

Tell us the kind of container your pet will be in and its length, width, and height.

Only malleable containers are accepted in the cabin. If you have a rigid container, the animal has to travel in the hold.

The total weight to be carried (Container + animal)

The combined weight of the animal and the container will decide whether your best friend can travel with you in the cabin or the hold.

 If the total weight is no more than 8kg, it can be carried in the cabin. Animals + containers over that weight are carried in the hold.

The carriage of pets in the cabin must meet the following conditions to ensure the safety and welfare of passengers and animals:

  • Only dogs and cats can be transported in the cabin.
  • Each passenger may carry one flexible animal transport bag/carry case which may contain more than one animal of the same species.
  • Dogs and cats cannot be carried in Executive class on long haul flights (except assistance dogs on some of these flights).
  • The cabin container has to:
    • Be malleable.
    • Have enough space for the animal(s) to move.
    • Be waterproof (to retain the animal’s fluids).
    • Be stored under the seat in front of you so as not to obstruct the passage in the cabin.
  • The animal:
    • Must be at least 10 weeks old.
    • Must be fully inside the carrier throughout the flight (includes head and tail).
    • Must be clean, healthy and not smell.
    • May not occupy a seat or move in the cabin.
    • May not threaten or disturb passengers.
    • If female, may not be pregnant.

TAP reserves the right to refuse to carry the pet in the cabin and to transfer it to the hold if it considers that all the necessary conditions for this type of transport have not been met.

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Turkish Airlines Pet Policy

For pets traveling with you in the cabin, the weight of the animal and the crate must not exceed 8 kg. The crate can be a maximum of 23 cm (height) x 30 cm (width) x 40 cm (length). Please note that other than the plastic carriers, we can also carry your pets in specially produced hard- or soft-side bags (soft cases).

Pregnant animals and puppies or kittens under 10 weeks old are not permitted on Turkish Airlines flights.

Cats and dogs or cats and birds are not permitted on the same plane, whether or not they are separated by cabins. Dogs and birds may be carried in different cabins, or in the same cabin at the furthest distance possible.

In cases when passengers have provided a medical report prior to the flight stating that they are allergic to animals, pets will be accepted in the cabin according to specific conditions:

  • In cases of a passenger with an allergy statement and a passenger with a pet request travelling on the same flight, the request of the passenger who made the first reservation will be confirmed.
  • In cases of a passenger with an assistance dog and a passenger with an allergy statement travelling on the same USA flight, assistance dogs always take precedence regardless of reservation order. (Pursuant to US Department of Transportation rules)
  • Excluding USA flights and except search & rescue dogs, in cases of a passenger with an assistance dog and a passenger with an allergy statement traveling on the same flight, the order of reservation will be considered.

Pet permitted to be carried within the flight cabin

Cats, dogs and small singing birds (e.g., parakeets, canaries) kept as pets may be transported in the cabin with the passenger. Conditions set below are taken into consideration when pets are brought onboard:

  • Passengers traveling with in-cabin pets: The pet must be kept in a carrier that fits underneath the seat in front of the passenger.
  • Passengers traveling with pets in the cabin may select seats that are not located in rows with emergency exit doors or infant stroller apparatus.

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United Pet Policy

What are in-cabin pets?

In-cabin pets are domesticated cats and dogs that can fit in a travel carrier underneath the seat in front of you.

Pets can’t be in-cabin on flights to, from or through Hawaii and these international cities, but they are allowed in-cabin on select United flights.

Requirements for in-cabin pets

  • On domestic flights, puppies and kittens must be at least 2 months old. On international flights, puppies and kittens must be at least 4 months old due to rabies vaccination requirements.
  • Pets can’t travel with unaccompanied minors.
  • If you want to bring aboard an additional pet, you’ll need to buy an extra ticket for that pet and pay an additional $125 each way. Your pet must also always remain in the floor space under the seat.
  • If your pet doesn’t fit in a kennel, then they’ll need to travel with our PetSafe® program.
  • Pets must travel on the same flights as the traveler responsible for them.
  • If there’s an emergency, oxygen service won’t be available for pets.

Carriers and kennels

A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of you and remain there at all times. The maximum dimensions for hard-sided kennels are 17.5 inches long x 12 inches wide x 7.5 inches high (44 cm x 30 cm x 19 cm). The recommended maximum dimensions for soft-sided kennels are 18 inches long x 11 inches wide x 11 inches high (46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm). Soft-sided pet carriers can exceed these dimensions slightly because they are collapsible and able to fit underneath a seat without blocking the aisle. Only one pet is allowed in a kennel, and the animal must be able to stand up and turn around comfortably.

For questions, please contact the United Customer Contact Center at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).

At the airport with an in-cabin pet

When you arrive at the airport with your in-cabin pet, please check in with a United customer service representative who will give you a bright yellow bag tag to attach to your pet’s kennel.

On board with an in-cabin pet

  • Your pet must stay in their kennel with the door closed at all times while in the airport, at the boarding area and while on board the plane.
  • Your pet’s kennel must stay at your feet, underneath the seat in front of you.

Restrictions based on aircraft, cabin, and seat

  • You can book your pet for in-cabin travel only if there is space available.
  • If you’re traveling with an in-cabin pet, you cannot be seated in the bulkhead or an emergency exit row.
  • If you’re traveling with an in-cabin pet, you cannot be seated in a United Premium Plus℠ seat because the footrest limits the storage space under the seats.
  • Two pets per flight are allowed in our premium cabins on select aircraft. Pets are not permitted in our premium cabins on Boeing 757-200, 767, 777 or 787 aircraft because of limited storage space under the seat.
  • Four pets per flight are allowed in United Economy® on all narrow-body aircraft operated by United (including the Boeing 737 and 757, or the Airbus 319/320), or six pets per flight on wide-body aircraft (including the Boeing 767, 777 and 787).
    • A customer traveling with an in-cabin pet in United Economy on Boeing 757-200 aircraft will need to be seated in a window seat because of limited storage space under aisle and middle seats.
  • For flights on the Boeing 737 MAX 9, the maximum kennel height is 10 inches (25 cm).
  • The number of in-cabin pets allowed varies by United Express partner airline. For more information about the operating carrier’s in-cabin pet policy, contact the United Customer Contact Center.

Virgin America

Virgin Atlantic Pet Policy

We do not allow animals in the main cabin unless they are assistance animals.

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WestJet Pet Policy

  • Space for pets cannot be reserved online. To add your pet to your travel plans, please contact us by phone.
  • Please note that an empty kennel or a pet in a kennel will be counted towards your carry-on baggage allowance as either a personal item or a carry-on item, depending on its size.
  • We limit the number of pets permitted on each flight, so we strongly recommend requesting space for your pet as soon as you have completed your booking. If you do not request space for your pet(s) 48 hours before departure, space may not be available, and you may not be permitted to travel with your pet(s).

Pets traveling as carry-on must have room to stand, sit and move naturally in their kennel. Depending on the type of aircraft, you may be required to sit in a window seat due to space limitations beneath non-window seats. Please be aware that if you are traveling with a cat on a flight where a guest with a severe allergy to cat dander is also traveling, we may be required to move you toward the rear of the aircraft to meet the Canadian Transportation Agency’s buffer zone requirement for the allergic guest. If this is required, you will be notified before you board your flight, and you will be seated to allow for a minimum of a bank of seats between the persons with a disabling allergy to cats and your cat.

Pet Kennel Size

Size restrictions (per kennel) beneath the seat
Your kennel is considered to be your personal item in your carry-on baggage allowance. You may need to adjust your kennel to fit within the maximum height and depth available beneath the seat. Please note, space beneath the seat varies by aircraft type.

41 cm L x 21.5 cm H x
25.4 cm W (16 in. L x 8.5 in. H x 10 in. W)

Kennel must be:


Kennel must not be:

Able to allow the animal’s head to stick out
A duffle bag, gym bag or other type of non-kennel bag

Conditions for Acceptance

  • Pets are not permitted on itineraries which include flights operated by our code-share and interline partners.
  • For your pet’s comfort, we recommend considering flights without connections, as well as early morning or late evening flights in the summer and midday flights in the winter.
  • A pet may not travel with an unaccompanied minor.
  • Pets that are younger than eight weeks old will not be accepted for transport.
  • Pets travelling in the cabin must remain in the kennel and be stored under the seat in front of you at all times. If you remove your pet from its kennel while on board, you may be banned from travelling with your pet in the cabin on future WestJet flights.
  • Pets that appear to be aggressive, unruly or in distress may be denied for transport at our discretion.
  • All kennels are subject to approval by WestJet at check in. See the kennel information for carry-on pets or kennel information for “Checked” and “On their own (as cargo)” sections above.
  • WestJet assumes no responsibility for the care or feeding of pets while in transit.
  • The limits of liability outlined in our baggage claim page apply to pets as well. These amounts are not automatically payable but reflect the maximum compensation payable, as each claim is subject to proof of loss.
  • Consequential damages such as loss of enjoyment or companionship, inconvenience, etc. are not compensable.

Do you have a favorite airline when you travel with your pet in cabin? Let us know in the comments!

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