Pet Travel on Delta

Take off with your favorite friend, even if they have fur. Some pets can travel as a carry-on or be shipped as (very special) cargo, depending on their size.

Carry-On Pets

Small dogs, cats and household birds can travel in the cabin for a one-way fee, collected at check-in. They must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you.

To ensure your pet has a safe, healthy and happy flight, please review the following requirements when flying with a small pet as a carry-on:

  • Your pet must be at least 10 weeks old for domestic travel
  • Your pet must be 16 weeks old if traveling to the U.S. from another country and must be at least 15 weeks old when traveling to the European Union
  • One pet is permitted per kennel with the following exceptions:
    • One female cat/dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is between 10 weeks to 6 months of age
    • No limit on the number of animals in the litter
    • 2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in 1 kennel as long as they are small enough to fit into a single kennel and are compatible – they will be charged as 1 pet

Pets in cabin kennels will count as your one carry-on item. In addition to the kennel, you are permitted to bring one personal item onboard the aircraft.

Carry-On Kennel Requirements

Your pet must be able to fit in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you and adhere to the following requirements:

  • Be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel and have the ability to move around
  • The kennel must fit under the seat directly in front of you
  • The soft- or hard-sided kennels must be leak-proof and have ventilation openings on three sides (four sides for international travel)
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight as the space under seats vary by aircraft, we recommend a soft-sided kennel with maximum dimensions of 18” x 11” x 11” since this fits most aircraft types
  • Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight – please check your flight's aircraft dimensions to ensure your kennel will fit
    • We recommend having your pet’s kennel dimensions prior to contacting us
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge and while on board the aircraft

If you’re bringing a large pet, please review Shipping Your Pet.



Carry-On Pet Fees

To/From Destination
U.S./Canada/Puerto Rico
$125 USD
U.S. Virgin Islands/International
$75 USD

CAD amount will be charged to exit Canada, while EUR amount will be charged to exit Europe. These fees are established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance.

*Household birds permitted on domestic U.S. flights only excluding Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Carry-On Pet Exceptions

For any travel to or from the following destinations — with the exception of service animals — pets must travel as cargo and are not permitted in the cabin. For travel to Hawaii, pets are not permitted to travel in the cabin and other restrictions may apply. Review pet travel restrictions based on your destination or connecting flights.

  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Brazil - Exit Brazil
  • Colombia - Exit Colombia
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica  
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Beginning July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension, opens in a new window, for dogs imported from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies, opens in a new window. This includes dogs arriving from countries NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in any high-risk country during the previous 6 months. Dogs from high-risk countries may be imported only with CDC’s advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) – this applies to service animals, pet in the cabin and shipped via Cargo

Booking Your Carry-On Pet

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your pet meets the above requirements, please contact Delta Reservations in advance to arrange bringing your pet on board.  

Be sure to have your kennel dimensions (length, width and height) ready when contacting us.

To ensure the comfort of all our customers, Delta limits the number of total pets per flight.

Number of Pets Permitted Per Cabin

Ticket Class


Domestic First Class including Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. 

Domestic Business Class 

Domestic Delta One


Carry-on Pets are not allowed in any cabin with flat-bed seats

International First Class

International Business Class

International Delta One

Delta Premium Select


Not Permitted at any time regardless of aircraft. Excludes service animals or emotional support animals
Main Cabin – Domestic and International


Restrictions may apply

For tickets purchased on or after November 17, 2020, customers traveling with a trained service animal or a confirmed emotional support animal may not also bring a pet in the cabin.

Checking In with Your Carry-On Pet

When you arrive at the airport, you will need to head to the Special Service Counter to check-in with your pet. At check-in, a Delta agent will ensure your pet and kennel meet the necessary requirements for your trip and collect the required pet fee. Remember to allow extra time at check-in for us to ensure your pet is ready for take-off! 

Once you are checked in and have your cabin pet tag, you are ready to go to the security checkpoint. At the checkpoint, you will need to take your pet out of their kennel.  

Your pet must remain in the kennel in the airport apart from the security checkpoint and designated relief areas.

Onboard Experience with Your Pet

  • Customers with carry-on pets may not sit in the following areas:
    • Bulkhead seats 
    • An emergency exit row 
    • Seats designated as “no stowage” 
    • Flat-bed seats 
    • Rows 30-35 on the A330-200 aircraft 
    • Rows 30-43 on the A330 -300 aircraft 
    • Center seats on the B757-200 aircraft
    • Delta One® seats
  • Your pet must remain inside their closed/zipped up carrier for the entire flight 

Delta Sky Club® Pets

Keep in mind if you visit a Delta Sky Club with your carry-on pet, our policies are the same as if you’re on board the aircraft. Your pet must stay in its appropriate carrier with the door secured while in the Delta Sky Club for the comfort and safety of your pet and our other Delta Sky Club guests. One of our representatives can assist you in locating a pet relief area, which is available at most airports to travelers with pets and trained service animals.
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