Pet Policies


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Delta takes the time and care to ensure a safe and comfortable travel experience for every animal. For a pet’s safety and its owner’s peace of mind, Delta has implemented specific pet guidelines, requirements and restrictions on animal travel.  

Below are some restrictions that all travel agencies should know.  Many other restrictions and requirements can be found on on the Pet Travel Requirements and Restrictions page. 

Aircraft Restrictions

  • 767 Restrictions

Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage or cargo on any Delta operated 767 aircraft.  There are no exceptions to this restriction for any passenger.   No military exceptions.

  • Pet in Cabin Restrictions
    • Pets in Cabin are not allowed in the First Class / BusinessElite / Business Class cabin on any international segment, regardless of aircraft type due to insufficient space. 
    • The number of PETC per flight is limited to:


Number of Kennels/ Carriers Allowed

Domestic First Class


Domestic Business or Domestic BusinessElite


International  Business or International BusinessElite


Main Cabin



Clear and concise documentation of the pet is required to provide necessary service to the customer.  Both pet in hold (AVIH) and pet in cabin (PETC) require the following documentation:

  • Appropriate SSR (AVIH or PETC)
  • Breed of animal
  • Weight of animal
  • Kennel dimensions

Destination Restrictions

Many countries and states have strict regulations regarding international pet travel.  Please see U.S. Domestic & International Pet Travel for more information.

Animal Breed Restrictions

Delta no longer accepts snub-nosed or pug-nosed dogs and cats as checked baggage. Certain breeds may be acceptable for transport as cargo via Pets First. There are no military exceptions for pet breeds.



  • American Bulldog
  • Bulldog
  • English Bulldog
  • French Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffin
  • Bull Mastiff (all breeds)
  • Chinese Pug
  • Chow Chow
  • Dutch Pug
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Japanese Pug
  • Japanese Spaniel
  • Pit Bull 
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier 
  • Japanese Boxer 
  • Pekingese
  • Shar Pei 
  • Shih Tzu 
  • Tibetan  Spaniel
  • Burmese
  • Exotic
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

Seasonal Embargoes

  • Summer embargo dates are May 15 through September 15 and pets may not be checked as baggage on Delta and Aeromexico operated flights.  Pets may be shipped as cargo but temperature restrictions apply.
    • Military or government personnel with permanent change of station orders for duty may check their pet as baggage during the embargo if the Temperature Restrictions are not exceeded. The spouse of the active duty military or government employee may check the pet with their military ID. The PNR must be documented.
      • Breed restrictions are not waived for military
      • 767 restriction is not waived for military
  • Winter embargo dates are November 1through March 31 which does not allow pets accepted as checked baggage on flights to or from:
    • Sun Valley, ID (SUN)
    • Twin Falls, ID (TWF)
    • Jackson Hole, WY (JAC) 

Kennel Restrictions

All kennels must be capable of loading upright in the aircraft bin as required by the Animal Welfare Act and the International Air Transport Association Live Animal Regulations.

Kennel Type

Outside Size (inches)

  Type of Aircraft

SML/100 series

21 x 15 x 16

Any Delta Mainline aircraft

MED/200 series

27 x 20 x 19

Any Delta
Mainline aircraft

MED/300 series

32 x 22 x 23

Any Delta Mainline aircraft

LRG/400 series

36 x 24 x 26

Any Delta Mainline aircraft

XLG/500 series

40 x 27 x 30

Any Delta
Mainline aircraft  

GIANT/700 series

48 x 32 x 35

No Delta aircraft  (may be able to ship as cargo on select aircraft)

  • Giant Kennels are not accepted as checked baggage on Delta operated flights.  These kennels may be shipped as cargo with the exception of MD88, MD90 and 737 aircraft. 
  • Delta Connection flights do not accept Extra Large or Giant Kennels.

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