Airline Policies for Flying with a Service Dog

Each airline has its own set of rules and policies for flying with a service dog. Most airlines require that your service animal sit on your lap or on the floor and not block the aisleway. Service animals cannot sit in emergency exit rows and must remain under the control of their handler at all times. When flying with a service animal, you are not required to pay additional pet travel fees.

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Alaska Airlines Service Dog Policy

Flying with a trained service dog on Alaska Airlines does not require any additional documentation. Alaska Airlines employees can ask you if your dog is a service dog and ask the type of service your service dog provides. They advise that you check in with the customer support team at the airport to let them know that you are traveling with a service animal.

Alaska Airlines recognizes the following animals as service animals: cats, dogs, miniature horses. Service dogs in training are not covered by the ACAA and are accepted at the discretion of the airline.

Click here for Hawaii and International Travel requirements.

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American Airlines Service Dog Policy

Flying with your service dog on American Airlines requires paperwork if the flight is 8 hours or longer or if your service dog is a psychiatric service animal.

American Airlines Forms for Psychiatric Service Animals – 2 forms are required – completed by a licensed mental health professional and a behavior guideline form that the passenger completes. If your flight is longer than 8 hours, you must complete the Animal Sanitation form stating that you will be responsible for the animal relieving itself during flight.

American Airlines Forms for 8+ Hour Flight – For service dogs on an 8+ hour flight.

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Delta Airlines Service Dog Policy

Flying with your service dog on Delta Airlines requires additional paperwork if your service dog is a psychiatric service animal. If you are flying with a trained service animal, you must have your animal’s Veterinary Health Form or Immunization record on hand.

Delta Airlines Psychiatric Service Animal Forms – 3 forms are required – completed by your veterinarian, mental health professional, and the passenger. You must submit these forms 48 hours in advance of your flight to the Delta My Flights page.

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Frontier Airlines Service Dog Policy

Frontier Airlines has a new policy for flying with a service animal on or after November 1, 2018. The only types of animals that Frontier recognizes as a service animal are: cats, dogs, and miniature horses.

Frontier employees may ask about the service your service animal provides if it is not visibly apparent. They strongly suggest that customers contact customer support to notify them of your service animal. All service animals must be well behaved at all times.

If you would like to talk to a Frontier Representative about your service animal, you can call 801-401-9004 or contact them online at https://flyfrontier.custhelp.com/app/frontierairlines.

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JetBlue Service Dog Policy

JetBlue’s service animal policy is similar to their emotional support animal policy. You must add your service animal to your reservation when booking online or by calling JetBlue at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).

JetBlue Psychiatric Service Animal and ESA forms – 3 forms required – completed by a licensed mental health professional, veterinarian, and the passenger.  You must submit these forms 48 hours in advance by uploading the forms on this link https://jetbluevoc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dck2Uj3sTTr2Dn7.

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Southwest Airlines Service Dog Policy

Flying with a trained service dog on Southwest Airlines is simple and relatively painless. Southwest recommends notifying the customer support team that you are flying with a service animal. You are not required to provide any additional documents at this time.

Southwest Airlines recognizes the following animals as service animals: cats, dogs, miniature horses. You are encouraged to arrive at the airport early with your service dog or cat. As always, your service animal must be under your control at all times and must not block the aisleway.

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Spirit Airlines Service Dog Policy

Flying with a trained service dog on Spirit Airlines does not require additional documentation, but the dog must not show signs of aggression or any bad behaviors listed below.

Growling, Lunging, Barking, Biting, Jumping on other Guests, Relieving itself onboard the aircraft or in the airport in any area other than a designated animal relief area, Emitting a strong odor.

Spirit Airlines Psychiatric Service Dog and ESA Forms – 3 forms – completed by LMHP, Veterinarian, and the passenger. Must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance here.

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United Airlines Service Dog Policy

Flying with a service dog on United Airlines requires additional documentation if your dog is a psychiatric service or emotional support animal.

United Airlines Psychiatric Service Animal and ESA Forms – 3 forms – completed by mental health professional, veterninarian, and the passenger. Must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance here.

Trained service animals do not have to provide additional documentation, unless you are flying to an international destination. To talk to a representative at the United Accessibility Desk call here: 1-800-228-2744.

Source: https://www.servicedogcertifications.org

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