Delta Air Lines flying with pets

What is Delta’s policy on pet acceptance?

Delta Airlines accepts pets to travel in the passenger cabin, as checked baggage, or shipped separately, as cargo.

What pets are allowed in the passengers cabin and what as checked baggage?

Delta Airlines accepts dogs, cats, and household birds to travel in the passenger cabin on domestic flights. Household birds are accepted only on continental US flights (not accepted on flights to/from Hawaii and US territories).

On international flights, Delta accepts in the passenger cabin only dogs and cats.

Effective March 1, 2016, Delta no longer accepts pets as checked baggage with the following exceptions:

  • Pets for active members of the US military and the Foreign Service of the State Department and their spouses with active transfer orders.
  • Service and emotional support animals that comply with federal regulations including proper documentation.

All other animals must be shipped as cargo through Delta Cargo.

What responsibilities do I have?

You must make advance arrangements for your pet by calling Delta’s designated phone numbers. When making the call, do not forget that Delta accepts pets on a first come, first served basis!

Delta requires a health certificate only for pets shipped as cargo. Delta does not require a health certificate for pets traveling in the passengers cabin. However, a health certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport, may be required in some destination states.

You must supply your own pet carrier (kennel), insuring that the container meets all governmental requirements for the safe and humane transportation of the animal being transported. The appropriate size of the kennel depends on the flight, and you must call Delta Reservation for information.

Carry-on Pets

The conditions of acceptance of pets in the passenger cabin set by Delta Airlines are the following:

  • Only one pet per passenger is accepted.
  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for domestic travel, 15 weeks old for European Union travel, and 16 weeks old for travel to the U.S. from other countries.
  • Your pet must easily fit into a kennel that will be stored underneath the seat in front of you.
  • Your pet must remain in the kennel at all times on board the aircraft, in the lounge or boarding gate areas.
  • Only one pet per kennel is accepted, with the exception of one female cat or dog traveling with her un-weaned litters if the litters are between 10 weeks and 6 months of age.
  • Two pets may travel in one kennel if they are between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months, of the same species and size, compatible and small enough to fit comfortably; they will be charged as one pet.


Pets will not be accepted in the passengers cabin on Delta flights:

  • To Hawaii.
  • To/from South Africa, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom (with the exception of service animals).
  • To/from Australia, Barbados, Dakar, Dubai, Iceland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Arab Emirates.

Depending on class, route, and aircraft, the following restrictions apply:

  • On domestic flights, Delta limits the maximum number of pets to 2 in First Class, 2 in Business Class or Delta One, and 4 in Main Cabin. However, pets are not allowed in First Class, Business Class or Delta One if the cabin is equipped with flat-bed seats.
  • On international flights, maximum 4 pets in the passenger cabin are allowed only in Main Cabin. Pets are not accepted in First Class, Business Class, Delta One, or Delta Premium Select on any international segment, regardless of aircraft type due to insufficient space.


All pets traveling in the passenger cabin are accepted in lieu of one piece of carry-on baggage. Delta Airlines charges the following one-way fees, payable at check-in:

  • 125 USD/CAD for flights to/from U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
  • 200 USD/CAD/EUR for international and U.S. Virgin Islands flights.
  • 75 USD for flights to/from Brazil.

Checked Pets

Pets can travel on Delta flights as checked baggage if the following conditions of acceptance are met:

  • The pet must travel in a kennel approved by the USDA.
  • Only one pet per kennel is accepted, with the exception of two pets of the same species and size, compatible and small enough to fit comfortably, that will be charged as one pet.
  • Two kennels per passenger are accepted on most flights operated by Delta; only one kennel is accepted by some Delta Connection carriers.


Snub-nosed or pug-nosed dogs and cats are not accepted as checked baggage. Delta will not accept pets as checked baggage during the following periods or on the following flights:

  • If the temperature is expected to be above 80F / 26C or below 20F / -6C at any point during the journey.
  • From May 15 to September 15, on flights operated by Delta and Aeromexico.
  • From November 1 through March 31, on flights operated between Sun Valley (SUN), Twin Falls (TWF), or Jackson Hole (JAC).
  • On Delta flights to/from South Africa, Hong Kong, Liberia (Costa Rica), and the United Kingdom (with the exception of service animals).
  • On any Delta-operated Boeing B767 and Airbus A330 200 aircraft.


Pets traveling as checked baggage do not count as part of the Standard Baggage Allowance. Delta Airlines charges the following one-way fees:

  • 200 USD for domestic flights.
  • 200 USD/CAD/EUR for international flights.*
  • 150 USD for flights to/from Brazil.

*An additional one-way fee will be charged when transiting Amsterdam with a connection time of 2 hours or longer (USD200/CAD200/EUR150).

Service and Support Animals

Service and Support Animals are accepted in the passenger cabin free of charge. Service and Support Animals under 4 months of age are not accepted on any flight.

Delta no longer accepts pit bull type dogs as Service and Support Animals, and acceptance of any animal other than a dog or cat will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Each passenger is limited to one Emotional Support Animal, and Emotional Support Animals are no longer accepted on flights longer than 8 hours.

Delta requires advanced notice and upload of the required documentation at least 48 hours before the flight to travel with an Emotional Support or Psychiatric Service Animal. Advanced notice is not required, but encouraged, for passengers traveling with trained Service Animals.

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