Pets in the Passenger Cabin
Are there any airlines that do not allow pets to travel in the passenger cabin?
Some airlines do not allow any pets to travel in the cabin. You can call the airline you are traveling on to find out if they allow pets in the passenger cabin.
How do I find out if an airline allows pets to travel in the passenger cabin and what their policies and procedures are?
You can find out what the specific policies and procedures are for each airline in several ways. You can call the airline’s reservations line and get information from the agent who takes your call. You can also look at an airline’s website to get information about their policies for traveling with pets.
What are the FAA rules regarding traveling with pets in the passenger cabin?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows each airline to decide if they will allow you to travel with your pet in the passenger cabin. If an airline does allow you to bring your pet into the cabin, we consider your pet container to be carry-on baggage and you must follow all carry on baggage rules (14 CFR part 121, section 121.589):
- Your pet container must be small enough to fit underneath the seat without blocking any person’s path to the main aisle of the airplane.
- Your pet container must be stowed properly before the last passenger entry door to the airplane is closed in order for the airplane to leave the gate.
- Your pet container must remain properly stowed the entire time the airplane is moving on the airport surface, and for take off and landing.
- You must follow flight attendant instructions regarding the proper stowage of your pet container.
What kind of general procedures do most airlines have in place?
If an airline allows you to travel with your pet in the cabin, you must follow all FAA regulations. Usually, most airlines have additional policies and procedures for you to follow to make sure that the flight is comfortable for all passengers on the airplane. These additional procedures may include
- A limited list of the types of pets that you can bring into the cabin
- A limit on the number of pets in the cabin
- A limit on the number of pets that may accompany you on the airplane
- A requirement that your pet be harmless, inoffensive and odorless
- A requirement that your pet remain in the container for the entire flight
- A requirement that you be able to produce a recently issued health certificate for your pet
Where can I go to get more information about traveling with pets in the passenger cabin?
You can get more information about traveling with your pet from the following:
- Department of Transportation
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- National Center for Infectious Diseases
- AC 121-36: Management of Passengers who may be Sensitive to Allergens