How to Travel with dog on an Airplane (Travel Crate Size Calculator)

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2022

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Introduction

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We know that planing a flight with your dog is more complicated that you flying alone.

There are many things to take into consideration when flying with your dog on an airplane.

Furthermore, each airline has a different policy regarding flying a dog.

This article saves you time by discussing and highlighting the important things you need to know to fly your dog on different airlines.

For this article, we spent tens of hours researching the policies of airlines, as stated on their websites.

Moreover, we made phone calls to some of these airlines so that they could clarify some of the ambigous policies they have on their websites, as part of our research.

These we hope will properly help you prepare for travel by air with your dog.

Note there are two ways to travel with a dog on an airplane

  • In the cabin: Airlines allow you to bring your dog with you inside the plane as a carry on, if your dog meets the size and behavior requirments. This is the form of dog transport that most dog owners prefer.

  • In the cargo hold: Some Airlines allow you to check-in your dog as a baggage that would be transported in the planes cargo hold (belly). You can consider this option if your dog is too big to fly in the cabin with you.

The factors that determine what rules and restrictions apply to flying with your dog on a plane are listed below:

  • the size of your dog
  • the age of your dog
  • where you are flying to with your dog (destination)
  • If the dog is not a restricted breed on airplane (applies if you are flying your dog in the cargo hold)
  • the time of the year you are flying (applies if you are flying your dog in the cargo hold)
  • the model of the specific aircraft you are flying in
  • your seat class e.g. are you are flying economy or first class?
  • who you are ( e.g. military officer on active order, a person with a disability, etc)

We discussed how some of these factors apply to flying with your dog.

The article later goes into the details of the dog transport policies of the following major airlines:

Also, this article includes a calculator that lets you determine the best travel crate/kennel for flying with your dog based on the size of your dog.

Also, this article provides a comparison table of the policies of different airlines for flying dog in cabin. This table will help you know which airline suits you the most for flying your dog in cabin.

Can dogs Fly in Cabin?

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Yes, pet dogs can fly in cabin because the dog breed should be small enough to fit under an airplane seat inside an airplane`s cabin. You should be able to bring your dog on a plane in the cabin as carry-on.

According to Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) regulations, for your dog to fly in the cabin, your dog must comfortably fit inside a kennel (travel carrier), and this dog kennel must fit under the seat in front of you on the plane.

According to dimensions.com, the adult average height of the dog is 11.8 inches (29.8 cm) and the adult average body length of the dog is 13.8 inches (34.9 cm).

Fortunately, this dog height and length is within limit for some airlines.

This is because some airlines will allow dogs of dimensions as big as 11 inches height by 18 length (27.94 cm x 45.72 cm) to fly. Adult dogs are typically within this dimension.

For you to be certain on whether your dog can fly in the cabin, measure your dog, and use our calculator to see which specific airlines your dog is qualified to fly in their cabin, based on your dog measured dimensons.

Later, we will go into more details on what you need to take care of when flying your dog in the cabin of different airlines

If your dog happens to too big to fly in the cabin, then you may have to transport your dog in the plane`s cargo hold, just like a checked-in baggage. See how to fly your dog in the plane`s cargo hold here

However, if your dog is a service animal, rather than a pet, then the law allows you to fly your dog can fly in the cabin irrespective of its size, as long as it fits within your personal space on the plane.

Calculator to Find Out if Your dog Can Fly in Cabin

For a more definite answer on whether your dog can fly in cabin, use the calculator below.

The calculator uses the algorithm specified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for determing the right sized travel kennel for a dog.

Enter the overall length (A), elbow length (B), width (C), and height (D) of your dog in the calculator to see if your dog can fly in cabin.

See how to measure the dimensions of your dog in the picture below.

The calculator will also tell you the right-sized pet travel carrier that is most suitable for flying your dog comfortably.

How to Measure the size of your dog to see if it can fly in cabin
How to Measure the size of your dog to see if it can fly in cabin

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See the side by side comparison of the policy of airlines on cabin transport of dog in the table below.


Airline In Cabin Pet Fee Recommended Travel Carrier Minimum Age for dog To Fly Domestically Carry-on Restriction Airline Official Pet Policy Airline Contact
Alaska Airlines $100.00 each way See recommended carrier here 8 weeks Your dog pet travel carrier counts toward your carry-on bag allotment pet policy url 1-800-252-7522
American Airlines $125 per kennel See recommended carrier here 8 weeks You are allowed to travel with just one personal item and your dog pet travel carrier. pet policy url 800-433-7300
Delta Airlines Each way $95 domestic; $200 International; $75 Brazil See recommended carrier here 10 weeks Your dog pet travel carrier counts as a carry-on item pet policy url 1-800-221-1212
Southwest Airlines $95 (fully refundable) on dometstic flights. Pets not allowed on international flights See recommended carrier here 8 weeks dog pet travel kennel counts towards your allowed personal item/carryon bag. pet policy url 1-800-435-9792
United Airlines $125 each way; additional $125 for each stopover of more than 4 hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside of the U.S. See recommended carrier here 8 weeks You are allowed to bring your dog pet travel kennel in addition to your regular carry-on bag allowance pet policy url 1-800-864-8331

Is it Safe to Fly dog in Cabin?

Yes, it is very safe to fly your dog in cabin if your dog is healthy, if you properly prepare your dog for a flight, and if you properly prepare yourself.

Preparing Your dog for Flying in the Cabin

Here are some important tips to prepare your dog for an in-cabin flight.

  • Make sure that your dog is in good health before taking it on a flight

  • Make sure your train your dog to be comfortable staying inside a pet travel carrier since your dog will be staying inside its carrier on the flight.

  • Buy your dog travel carrier kennel many weeks before the day of the flight, and let your dog get used to spending time in the carrier in the comfort of your home.

  • Reward your dog with treats whenever your dog is inside the carrier kennel to make your dog associate staying in a kennel with positive experiences of getting treats. This will get your dog used to its travel carrier.

  • You can also prepare your dog to fly in the cabin by taking your dog on car rides while inside its carrier kennel to mimic the flying in a carrier.

  • You may even take your car to a drive-through car wash while your dog is inside your car in a travel carrier kennel. This will help condition your dog to the kind of loud noises that flying airplanes make before the day of the flight.

  • Also, if you are flying in an airplane cabin with your dog for the first time, make sure the flight is not too long, and without layovers so that your dog will not get too stressed.

  • Make sure you call the airline before booking a flight with your dog to let the airline know you are bringing a pet. Call early because airlines have a limited number of pets that they can carry on an aircraft, and airlines allow pets on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Make sure that the seat you book does not restrict you from having a pet with you. For example, airlines will not allow you to have a pet with you if your seat is in an emergency exit row. Also, make sure the specific aircraft that you are flying on can allows flying with a pet.

  • On the day of the flight, arrive at the airport at least two to four hours before your flight, and proceed to the check-in kiosk to make sure you take care of all that needs to be taken care of to fly your dog.

  • If traveling internationally, make sure you know the vaccination requirement of your destination country for dogs, and make sure you have the necessary paperwork to satisfy these requirements.

  • Do not sedate or tranquilize your dog for a flight. The American Veterinary Medical Association does not endorse sedating dogs for a flight.

  • Limit the amount of food and water that you give to your dog before the flight.

  • Although it is not required for domestic flights, still bring your dog vaccination records with you if you have them for domestic flights.

  • Familiarize yourself with TSA`s guideline on taking your dog through airport security here and here

  • Before the day of your flight, go online to find out where pet relief stations are at the airport terminal from which you are departing. On the day of the flight, give your dog the opportunity to do its business at the relief area before you get your dog on a flight.

  • Make Sure you pack good Puppy Potty Training Pads like this one with you in case your dog has an accident at any point during the trip. You may also put a layer of the potty pad inside your dog`s travel carrier for extra protection.

  • May sure you have travel treats handy for your dog when in flight with your dog. See some of the treats we recommend here and here.

  • Exercise your dog before a flight to get the energy out of them so they can remain calm in flight.

  • Avoid loud and crowded spaces while inside the airport terminal so as to not stress your dog with a loud noise.

Can the dog Fly in the Cargo Hold?

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There are two major U.S. air carriers that allow transporting live dogs in a plane`s cargo hold, just like a checked-in baggage. These are American Airlines and Alaska Airlines (This information is current as of July 27, 2022)

If your dog is too big to fly with you inside the airplane`s cabin, then you have the option of shipping your dog in the airplane`s cargo compartment.

The dog is NOT on the restricted/banned dog breed list of American Airlines for cargo transport. Therefore, you can transport your dog as airplane cargo on American Airlines.

The dog is NOT on the restricted/banned dog breed list of Alaska Airlines for cargo transport. Therefore, you can transport your dog as airplane cargo on Alaska Airlines.

Is It Safe to fly dog as Cargo

If your dog is too big to fly in cabin, then your another option to consider to transport your dog is to fly them as a special baggage in the plane`s cargo hold.

According to The International Air Transport Association (IATA), it is safe to transport a pet in a plane`s cargo hold as a special checked-in baggage.

Furthermore, IATA stated that dogs travel because dogs travel better as cargo because a plane`s cargo hold is quieter and darker, compared to a planes cabin. This dark and quiet cargo environment will allow your dog to properly rest and be more relaxed on its flight.

The IATA stated that despite all the fears about airline pet cargo travel, millions of animals are transported safely in the cargo hold every year.

Furthermore, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) requires airlines to report any incidents involving the death, injury, or loss of an animal during air transport

The DOT compiles this Animal Incident reports in Air Travel Consumer Reports. These reports are available to the public.

Importantly, the DOT provides the public the specifics of what led to each Animal Incident during air travel.

We can take a look at the DOT data to see how safe it is to fly with a dog. The data covers both in cabin and in cargo transport.

For example, in 2017, domestic airlines transported 506,994 animals. Of these animals 24 died, 15 were injured, and one was lost. That puts the incident rate at roughly one for every 12,674 animals transported.

Note that airlines are not the only ones responsible for the these incidents. Incedents like these happen due to pet owner recklessness as well.

The table below shows a more recent animal incident statistics for all U.S. air carriers that recorded incidents, for the year 2021. Note that these are the statistics for all animals, which includes all dog breeds, for the year 2021.

Note that hunderds of thousand of pets are transported by these airlines every year.

Airline Death Injury Loss
Alaska Airlines 3 7 0
American Airlines 3 3 0
Hawaiian Airlines 1 4 0
Total 7 14 0

Calculator to Find Out The Right Kennel Size For Flying Your dog in Cargo

It is important for you to choose the right-sized travel crate for transporting your dog in the plane`s cargo.

The travel crate must comfortably accommodate your dog.

Furthermore, the travel crate should meet the airline`s standards.

Use the calculator below to find the right airline-approved travel crate for your dog based on its size.

The calculator uses the algorithm specified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for determing the right-sized travel kennel for a dog.

Enter the overall length (A), elbow length (B), width (C), and height (D) of your dog in the calculator to see the right-size crate for transporting your dog in the cargo hold.

See how to measure the dimensions of your dog in the picture below.

How to Measure the size of your dog to determine its right crate  size
How to Measure the size of your dog to determine its right crate size

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How to Prepare Your dog for an in-Cargo flight

If you are checking in your dog as a baggage that will travel in the plane`s cargo hold, below is how to prepare your dog for cargo transport:

  • Make sure your dog is healthy to fly. You may take your dog to a vet for a checkup before the flight.

  • Make sure that the flight that you plan to book allows cargo transport of dogs. Check with the airline first before booking a flight.

  • Book early, days ahead of your flight to secure a spot for your dog.

  • Make sure that the forecast ground temperatures at the origin, destination, or connecting airports are safe for your pet to fly. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Dogs must not be exposed to air temperatures above 85 °F (29.5 °C) or below 45 °F (7.2 °C) for more than 4 hours. In fact, if the temperature is unsafe, airlines will refuse to transport your dog in cargo.

  • Pick the right-sized kennel that will make your dog feel very comfortable. Use our CALCULATOR to find which kennel to use based on your dog size.

  • Buy your travel crate early, and train your dog to enjoy staying in their travel crate many days before the flight.

  • Do not forget to put absorbent material like this inside the travel crate to make your dog feel comfortable during its flight.

  • Also, make sure you put food and water dishes inside the travel crate. You should attach these dishes securely to the crate.

  • Arrive at the airport at least four hours before your flight to allow you to properly check your dog in.

  • Have your dog`s health certificate and documentation needed to fly your pet handy. You can find the documentation you need to fly your dog as cargo on American Airlines here. You can find the documentation you need to fly your dog as cargo on Alaska Airlines here.

  • Give your pet the time to do its business before the flight.

  • Do not tranquilize or sedate your dog for a flight.

  • Do not put toys and treats inside your dog`s travel crate. Airlines do not allow toys and dog treats in the travel crate.

  • Watch this helpful video to learn how to prepare your dog for in-cargo travel.

Flying Your dog on Southwest Airlines

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Flying Your dog on southwest airlines

Let us discuss what you need to know when flying your dog on Southwest airlines.

Southwest Airlines allows transport of animals only in the cabin. To fly on SouthWest Airlines, your dog should be small enough to fit under the airplane seat.

Southwest will also allow your dog to fly in cabin if it is a service animal, even if your dog is too big to fit under the aircraft seat.

Southwest Airlines does not allow transporting amimals in the plane`s cargo hold as a checked-in luggage.

If your dog is big and not a service animal, then you have to find another airline that allows cargo hold transport of large dogs.

Use this calculator to see if your dog can fly in the cabin on Southwest Airlines.

You can find Southwest airlines` policy on how to transport your dog in the airplane cabin here.

Southwest will charge you $95 pet transport fee on dometstic flights when flying with your dog. This fee is fully refundable. Pets not allowed on international Southwest flights and on flights to Hawaii

Your dog must be at least 8 weeks old to fly in cabin on Southwest Airlines

When flying Southwest Airlines, your dog carrier kennel counts towards your allowed personal item/carryon bag. This means you may not board a Southwest plane with a pet carrier, and a regular size carryon bag, and a personal item. It is either a pet carrier and a personal item OR a pet carrier and a carryon bag.

Southwest Airlines allow you to use either a soft-shell kennel or a hard-shell kennel to transport your dog. The pet carrier must be leak-proof and well-ventilated.

The maximum dimension of a hardshell kennel size that Southwest airline allows in its cabin is 18.5″ L x 13.5″ W x 8.5″ H

The maximum dimension of a softshell kennel size that Southwest airline allows in its cabin is 18.5″ L x 13.5″ W x 8.5″ H

You can take a maximum of two dogs (they can be of different breed) inside a kennel, as long as both dogs fit in comfortably.

See our recommended travel carrier for flying your dog on Southwest Airlines below.

You can book a Southwest flight for you and your dog here. You should also call southwest to let them know you are bring a pet before booking a flight. Their phone number is 1-800-435-9792.

Flying your dog on American Airlines

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Flying Your dog on american airlines

Below are the important things you need to know to fly your dog on American Airlines

American Airlines allows the transport of pets both in the cabin and in the cargo hold. Pets that are too big to fly in-cabin can be shipped in the American Airlines cargo compartment.

Flying Your dog In-Cabin on America Airlines

American Airlines allow you to take your dog in the cabin with you.

To fly in the cabin, your dog must be small enough to inside a small travel pet carrier, and the pet carrier should be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you

Use this calculator to see if your dog can fly in the cabin on American Airlines.

You can find American Airlines policy on how to fly your dog in cabin here

American airlines does not allow in-cabin transport of dogs to the state of Hawaii

Furthermore, American airlines does not allow in-cabin transport of dogs to the following destinations:

Belize;El Salvador;Guatemala;Honduras;Nicaragua;Cuba;Dominican Republic;Haiti;Jamaica;Argentina;Brazil;Chile;Colombia;Uruguay;Bolivia;Brazil;Colombia;Ecuador;Guyana;Peru;Suriname;Venezuela;Transatlantic destinations;Transpacific destinations

Your dog must be at least 8 weeks old to fly in-cabin on American airlines domestic flights.

To fly internationally in cabin on American Airlines, your dog must be old enough to take all the necessary vaccinations needed for international travel (usually at 3 to 4 months of age)

American Airlines allow both hard-shell kennels and soft-shell kennels for in-cabin transport of pets.

The soft kennel must be secure, padded, made of water-repellant material and have nylon mesh ventilation on 3 or more sides.

The maximum dimension for a hard-shell kennel carrier that you can take in-cabin on American Airlines is 19″ L x 13″ W x 9″ H.

The maximum dimension for a soft-shell kennel carrier that you can take in-cabin on American Airlines is 18″ L x 11″ W x 11″ H.

See our recommend kennel for flying dog on American Airlines below.

You can fly a maximum of two dogs in the same kennel provided both are of similar sizes.

American Airlines will charge you $125 for each pet kennel you bring with you in cabin

When flying with a pet in the cabin, you can travel with your pet carrier and one personal item. You cannot bring a carry-on bag because the kennel replaces your carry-on bag.

You can book an American Airlines flight for you and your dog here. You should also call American Airlines to let them know you are bring a pet before booking a flight. Their phone number is +1-800-433-7300.

Flying Your dog In-Cargo on American Airlines

If your dog is too big to fly in cabin, then you can fly your dog in the cargo hold of American Airline planes

You can find American Airlines policy on how to fly your dog in cargo here.

Before booking an in-cargo flight for your dog, make sure you call the cargo department of American Airlines first. Their phone number is 1-800-227-4622

Your dog must be at least 8 weeks old to fly in cargo.

Use this calculator to find the right-sized travel crate for flying your dog in the cargo hold of American Airlines.

You can make an in-cargo transport reservation for your dog within a time window of a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 10 days prior to travel

The flight you book cannot be more than 12 hours long.

You can find the documentation that you need to fly your dog on American Airlines here.

Flying Your dog On Delta Airlines

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Flying Your dog on delta airlines

Below is what you need to know when flying your {0} on Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines only allow small dogs to fly with their owners in the airplane`s cabin.

Flying Your dog In-Cabin on Delta Airlines

To fly in cabin, your dog must be small enough to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you.

Use this calculator to see if your dog can fly in the cabin on Delta Airlines.

You can find Delta Airlines policy on how to fly your dog in cabin here

Note that Delta Airlines does not allow in-cabin transport of dogs to the state of Hawaii.

Furthermore, Delta Airlines does not allow in-cabin transport of dogs to the following destinations:

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

Moreover, your dog must be at least 10 weeks old to fly in-cabin on Delta airlines domestic flights.

To fly internationally in cabin on Delta Airlines, your dog must be 16 weeks (15 weeks for European Union destinations)

Delta Airlines allow you to bring your dog in cabin in either a hard-shell kennel or a soft-shell kennels.

The kennel must be must be leak-proof and have ventilation openings on three sides (four sides for international travel).

The maximum dimension for a hard-shell kennel carrier that you can take in-cabin on Delta Airlines is 18″ L x 11″ W x 11″ H.

The maximum dimension for a soft-shell kennel carrier that you can take in-cabin on Delta Airlines is 18″ L x 11″ W x 11″ H.

See our recommended kennel for flying dog in-cabin on Delta Airlines below.

When flying in-cabin on Delta, you can fly a maximum of two dogs in the same kennel provided both of them are the same breed, both are aged between 10 weeks and 6 month.

When flying with a pet, Delta Airlines will charge you each way $95 fee on domestic flights; $200 on International flights; $75 on flights to Brazil.

When flying with an in-cabin pet on Delta Airlines, your pet kennel carrier counts as a carry-on item.

You can book a Delta Airlines flight for you and your dog here. You should also call Delta Airlines to let them know you are bring a pet before booking a flight. Their phone number is +1-800-221-1212.

Flying Your dog In-Cargo on Delta Airlines

On April 1, 2020, Delta Airlines temporarily paused its in-cargo transport of pets until further notice. (last Updated August 1, 2022).

If your dog is too big to fly on in-cabin, then you will need to find another airline that is different form Delta to transport your dog in-cargo

Flying Your dog On United Airlines

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Flying Your dog on united airlines

Here are the important things that you need to know when planning to fly your dog on United Airlines.

United Airlines only allow in-cago transport of pet dogs on its airline. Only pet dogs that are small enough to fit under the airplane seat can fly in-cabin.

Flying Your dog In-Cabin on United Airlines

United Airlines allow you to fly your dog in cabin with you.

To fly in cabin, your dog must be small enough to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you.

Use this calculator to see if your dog can fly in the cabin on United Airlines.

You can find United Airlines policy on how to fly your dog in cabin here

Note that United airlines does not allow in-cabin transport of dogs to the state of Hawaii.

Furthermore, United airlines does not allow in-cabin transport of dogs to the following destinations:

Australia;Barbados;Cuba;Guam;Federated States of Micronesia;Hong Kong;Iceland;Ireland;Jamaica;Jordan;Marshall Islands;New Zealand;Norway;Palau;Panama;Philippines;South Africa;Sweden;Tahiti;Trinidad and Tobago;United Kingdom.

Moreover, your dog must be at least 8 weeks old to fly in-cabin on United airlines domestic flights.

To fly internationally in cabin on Delta Airlines, your dog must be 4 months old.

Alaska Airlines allow you to bring your dog in cabin in either a hard-shell kennel or a soft-shell kennels.

The maximum dimension for a hard-shell kennel carrier that you can take in-cabin on United Airlines is 17.5″ Lx 12″ W x 7.5″ H.

The maximum dimension for a soft-shell kennel carrier that you can take in-cabin on United Airlines is 18″ L x 11″ W x 11″ H.

See our recommend kennel for flying dog on United Airlines below.

When flying in-cabin on United, you can fly a only one dog per kennel.

When flying with a pet, United Airlines will charge you, for each kennel, $125 each way; additional $125 for each stopover of more than 4 hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside of the U.S..

When flying with an in-cabin pet on Alaska Airlines, your pet kennel is allowed in addition to your carry-on bag allowance.

You can book a United Airlines flight for you and your dog here. You should also call United Airlines to let them know you are bring a pet before booking a flight. Their phone number is +1-800-864-8331.

Flying Your dog In-Cargo on United Airlines

United Airlines temporarily paused its in-cargo transport of pets until further notice. (last Updated August 6, 2022).

If your dog is too big to fly on in-cabin, then you will need to find another airline that is different form United Airlines to transport your dog in-cargo

Flying your dog on Alaska Airlines

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Flying Your dog on alaska airlines

Here are the important things that you need to know when planning to fly your dog on Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines allows you to fly your dog in the cabin with you or in the cargo hold as a checked baggage. Alaska Airlines transport dogs that are too big to fly in the cabin in the cargo hold (checked baggage).

Flying Your dog In-Cabin on Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines allow you to fly your dog in cabin with you.

To fly in cabin on Alaska Airlines, your dog must be small enough to inside a pet carrier, and the pet carrier should be small enough to find under the seat in front of you

Use this calculator to see if your dog can fly in the cabin on Alaska Airlines.

You can find Alaska Airlines policy on how to fly your dog in cabin here

Note that Alaska airlines does not allow in-cabin transport of dogs to the country of Belize.

Your dog must be at least 8 weeks old to fly in-cabin on Alaska airlines on domestic flights.

American Airlines allow both hard-shell kennels and soft-shell kennels for in-cabin transport of dogs.

The soft kennel must be clean and secure with absorbent bed, and have adequate air ventilation.

The maximum dimension for a hard-shell kennel that you can take in-cabin on Alaska Airlines is 17″ L x 11″ W x 7.5″ H.

The maximum dimension for a soft-shell kennel that you can take in-cabin on Alaska Airlines is 17″ L x 11″ W x 9.5″ H

See our recommend kennel for flying dog on Alaska Airlines below.

When flying dogs in cabin on Alaska Airlines, you can fly a maximum of two dogs if both fit in the same carrier.

Alaska Airlines will charge you $100 fee each way for each pet kennel you bring with you in cabin

Why flying with a pet on Alaska Airlines, the pet carrier counts toward your carry-on bag allotment. You can board an Alaskan Airline with either a pet carrier and a personal item OR a pet carrier and a standard size carry-on bag. However, you may not board the aircraft with a pet carrier, and a standard size carry-on, and a personal item.

You can book an Alaska Airlines flight for you and your dog here. You should also call Alaska Airlines to let them know that you are bringing a pet before booking a flight. Their phone number is +1-800-252-7522.

Flying Your dog In-Cargo on Alaska Airlines

If your dog is too big to fly in cabin, then you can fly your dog in the cargo hold of Alaska Airline planes

You can find Alaska Airlines policy on how to fly your dog in cargo here.

Use this calculator to find the right-sized travel crate for flying your dog in the cargo hold of Alaska Airlines.

Before booking an in-cargo flight for your dog, make sure you call the cargo department of Alaska Airlines first. Their phone number is 1-800-225-2752

You can make a in-cargo transport reservation for your dog on Alaska Airlines within a time window of a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 30 days prior to travel

Flying With dog that is a Service Animal

The Air Carrier Access Act mandates airlines to allow service animals on air planes.

The only animal species that are allowed to be service animals are dogs

A service animal is defined as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.

To qualify as a service dog, your dog should be fully trained to perform tasks that help you with physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. These disabilities include but are not limited to: Visual impairments, Deafness, Seizures, Mobility impairments, Post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

Airline Policies on Flying Service dog

To mention a few airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines allow passengers to transport their Service Animal dog

Your service animal dog can fly with you in cabin if your dog can fit in the floor space in front of your assigned seat or on your lap.

Airlines will not charge you a fee for flying your service animal dog

Most Airlines allow you to bring up to 2 service animals with you on a flight.

Also, some airlines allow service animal trainers to bring a dog that is in service animal training on a plane if the provide the documentation that the dog is in training

Note that it is a federal crime to make false or fraudulent statements/claims to fly your dog in an airplane cabin as a service animal when your dog is not a service animal.

Can dog be a Service Animal?

Yes, the dog can be a service dog. In fact, any dog breed, including the dog can be a service animal provided the dog has been individually trained to assist an individual with a disability with specific tasks. Importantly, the dog also has to be a well behaved dog.

Flying an Emotional Support dog on Airplane

On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it has revised its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals and this revison stated that emotional support animals are no longer considered as service animals.

Emotional support animals no longer have special privileges that allow them to fly in cabin with their owners even if they are too big for cabin flight.

Therefore, the rules and restrictions that apply to flying pet dog similarly applies to emotional support dog.

Traveling With a Therapy Animal dog on an Airplane

Therapy animals are pets that have been trained and registered by a therapy organization in order to visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools and other facilities. Therapy animals are not considered to be service animals.

Airlines do not give therapy animals special treatments like they give service animals.

The rules and restrictions that apply to flying pet dog apply to flying therapy dog.