Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Pet Travel. If your question or comment has not been addressed, feel free to contact us.

Yes, pending certain restrictions. See Pets for more details.

Delta has placed an embargo (a stoppage) on accepting pets as checked bags during hot weather. Extreme heat (85F or 29C) during the summer months can put animals in a life-threatening situation onboard our aircraft. The embargo is in the best interest of the pet.

May 15 through September 15.

The embargo applies to all Delta, Delta Connection® (ExpressJet, SkyWest), Delta Shuttle® and Delta codeshare flights.

Military or Government personnel with return orders and traveling with pets from a foreign country or Hawaii to the United States for duty may check their pets as baggage if the temperature forecasted on the day of travel does not exceed 85oF for the origin or destination locations.


Commercial animal shippers have the means to keep animals comfortable in extreme heat. They can also be more flexible with flight schedules when shipping these animals.