Military Pet Travel

At Delta, we’re here to assist all U.S. Military family members who travel, including pets. That’s why we only accept animals as checked baggage for active U.S Military or Active U.S State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO) & their spouses with active transfer orders.

Military Pet Travel Details

Military members and U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers can check their pets as baggage for a fee, when traveling on active transfer orders. You or your spouse must book your pets as checked baggage at least 48 hours before arrival. Pets must comply with federal regulations, including proper documentation based on current policies and procedures. The following fees apply. 

Military Pet Travel Details
$200 USD

$150 USD

NOTE: CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.

Accepted Animals

The following animals are accepted as checked baggage and you may transport two kennels per flight. Giant-sized kennels may only be shipped as cargo; additional restrictions apply according to aircraft and class of service.

All other animals, including reptiles and primates (including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees), must be shipped as cargo.

  • Animal fees are charged each time the pet is checked in at the airport. Fees will be assessed at each stopover point
  • Exceptions may apply to routings that require connections greater than 6 hours.
  • Animals are not included in the free baggage allowance or the free baggage allowance with a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
  • No excess size or weight fees apply

Accepted Kennels

To transport your pet as checked baggage, you must use an approved shipping kennel, and it must ship in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. The kennel must provide enough room for your pet to stand and sit erect — without the head touching the top of the container — and to turn around and lie down in a natural position.

Approved kennels are available for sale to booked Delta passengers and shippers at most Delta Cargo locations, as well as many pet supply stores. If you would like to purchase a kennel from Delta, check with the local cargo facility for availability of the kennel size you need in advance of your travel date.

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.

In addition, USDA rules state that the kennel must:

  • Be constructed of rigid plastic, wood, metal or material of comparable strength with solid roofs; no cardboard kennels
  • Have wheels that can be removed or made inoperable (applicable to wheeled kennels only)
  • Have ventilation openings on 3 sides, in addition to the door opening
  • Have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals
  • Close securely, but not lock, to allow personnel to open it in case of emergency.
  • Display labels with the words "Live Animal" in 1-inch letters on the crate's top and on at least 1 side
  • Display upright arrow labels indicating kennel's correct position; Delta Cargo can provide these labels
  • Contain bedding, shredded paper or towels to absorb “accidents”
  • Contain 2 dishes (1 for food and 1 for water) attached to the inside of the kennel door — they must be easily accessible to Delta agents without opening the kennel door
  • Display feeding instructions and food, if applicable — these instructions should be affixed to the top of the kennel, along with shipper and consignee information

The following is a list of kennel sizes, costs, and the types of aircraft in which each kennel can fit. The kennel costs below do not include tax and are subject to change.

Accepted Kennels
KENNEL WEIGHT                  

21 x 15 x 16

6 lbs.
(3 kg)   

Any Delta aircraft*


27 x 20 x 19

12 lbs.
(5 kg)

Any Delta aircraft*


32 x 22 x 23

18 lbs.
(8 kg)

Any Delta aircraft*


36 x 24 x 26

24 lbs.
(11 kg)

Any Delta aircraft*


40 x 27 x 30

31 lbs.
(14 kg)

Any Delta aircraft* except 767-300-300ER-400ER, A330-200, 717-200, CRJ-200-700-900, ERJ-145-170-175


48 x 32 x 35

51 lbs.
(23 kg)

Any Delta aircraft*except 767-300-300ER-400ER, A330-200, MD-88, 717-200, CRJ-200-700-900, ERJ-145-170-175

*Rates apply to Delta aircraft only. For travel on a Delta Connection Carrier, please contact Reservations.


  • Kennels made entirely of welded mesh, wire mesh, wicker, cardboard or collapsible materials are strictly prohibited
  • Kennels with opening doors on top
  • Kennels with plastic front doors and/or plastic side latches that secure the top and bottom together without hardware, such as metal nuts/bolts

Weather Requirements

To keep your pet safe, we observe a few seasonal restrictions on pet travel. For your pet’s safety, we don’t accept animals as checked baggage during extreme weather. This includes if the temperature exceeds 80 ˚F  (26.5 ˚C) or if the temperature falls below 20 ˚F  (-6.5 ˚C).

We reserve the right to refuse travel to any live animals as checked baggage or as cargo if the animal’s health is in question, or if the health of the animal could be jeopardized by extreme conditions. 

Delta will no longer accept live animals as checked baggage in Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR).

Pet birds and tropical birds normally kept indoors are at risk if the temperature, at any point on the planned itinerary, is below 50F (10C). When temperatures are between 50˚F (10˚C) and 20˚F (-6.7˚C), they are transported at the risk of the shipper. A certificate of acclimation is not required.

Live, wild birds will not be transported unless the person shipping the bird, or shipper's agent certifies in writing on shipper's letterhead with the air waybill, that the birds being shipped were born or bred in captivity or on special farms. Or that the birds are being shipped to or from a zoological garden, wildlife preserve, or government wildlife agency. Transportation is restricted to Delta local services.

Animal Health & Breed Restrictions

The health requirements required to ship your pet also apply pets traveling as checked baggage with Military or U.S. State department families. Delta also 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


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


  • Burmese 
  • Exotic 
  • Himalayan 
  • Persian

Aircraft Restrictions

For the safety and comfort of your pet and other passengers, some restrictions apply to checking your pet as cargo or traveling with your pet.

  • If you’re carrying on your pet on an international flight, you may not sit in First Class, Business Class or Delta One® due to insufficient space.
  • On Domestic flights, pets are restricted in First Class, Business Class or Delta One on certain flights. Find details.  
  • Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage or cargo on any Delta-operated 767 aircraft. There are no exceptions to this for any aircraft. 
  • Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage on any Delta-operated A330-200 aircraft. There are no exceptions to this for any aircraft.