Airline Travel Policies for Dogs and Pets

Planning to fly with your dog? While air travel can be a quick way to get dogs from one place to another, you should know that every airline has different rules about transporting pets. Some airlines will allow small dogs to travel in the aircraft cabin as part of your carry-on luggage allowance, while others will only allow pets to travel in the cargo area. Airlines also charge pet fees which can cost hundreds of dollars per round trip. We have compiled a list of the largest airlines and their pet policies below.

Psychiatric Service Dogs are exempt from these fees and cannot be discriminated against based on breed, size, or weight. When booking a flight, you should notify the airline that you are traveling with a psychiatric service dog and submit the Department of Transportation’s Service Animal Air Transportation Form before departure. 

Make sure to review your airline’s specific assistance animal policy so you don’t run into any surprises at the airport. If you need a PSD letter for air travel, please see the steps at the bottom of this page. 

Have a great trip!