Delta Airlines

Carry-On Pet Policy: 

Delta permits passengers to bring small pets in the cabin on most flights for a fee of $125 each way (to be collected at check-in) on flights within the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Pets are not permitted on flights to Hawaii. Check Delta’s website for more information on transporting pets to Hawaii or international destinations. Pets permitted in the cabin include dogs, cats, and household birds. Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a pet carrier under the seat in front of you. A pet in cabin counts as one piece of carry-on luggage. Passengers traveling with pets must check in at the airline ticket counter. Curbside and self-service check-in is not available. Please allow extra time beyond normal check-in guidelines.

 

Checked Baggage/Cargo Policy:

Delta does not accept pets as checked baggage and requires all pets (other than small pets traveling as carry on) to be transported as cargo (pricing varies). Exceptions will be made for pets belonging to members of the U.S. military with active transfer orders, as well as emotional support animals that comply with federal regulations. Dogs (other than snub-nosed breeds), cats (other than snub-nosed breeds), household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and marmots are accepted for cargo travel. Delta will not allow pet travel in cargo if extreme temperatures are anticipated.

When the weather permits, pets may travel in a temperature-controlled and pressurized compartment. To ensure your pet’s comfort and safety and your peace of mind, review weather, health, and pet carrier requirements on Delta’s website. Pets shipped within the U.S. via Delta Cargo cannot be booked until 14 days prior to departure, and pets are not guaranteed to be shipped on the same flight as the pet owner. In order to ship a pet, owners must drop off the pet at a Delta Cargo location at least three hours before departure time at a location separate from passenger check-in. Pets will also need to be picked up at a Delta Cargo location. Visit Delta’s website for more specific restrictions, especially if your flight plans involve multiple airline carriers.

 

Carrier Guidelines:

For pets traveling in the cabin, pet carriers may be either hard- or soft-sided and must prevent escape of your pet into the cabin. Because the maximum allowed size of pet carriers varies among Delta and its various Connection Carriers, it is important for you to verify the permitted carrier size when making your Delta reservation. Your pet must remain inside the pet carrier while in the airport boarding area, during boarding and deboarding, as well as throughout the duration of each flight.

 

Pet Reservations: 

Contact Delta by telephone to reserve tickets for yourself and your pets (noting that cargo reservations for your pet will not be accepted more than 14 days in advance). Delta and its airline partners each have their own policies regarding how many pets may be carried in cabin and in cargo, as well as size restrictions on pet carriers that can travel in cargo. If a pet has to transfer from a Delta flight to one of its partner Connection Carriers, the Delta flight must be confirmed at least 48 hours before the scheduled departure time of the Connection Carrier flight. Two pets of the same size and species (generally puppies, kittens or toy dogs) may be allowed in one pet carrier, provided they are able to comfortably fit in one carrier and each weigh less than 20 pounds. If they meet these criteria, they will be charged as only one pet.

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