Pet Travel Option on Board a Delta Flight: Carry-on

Delta Airlines is a pet-friendly airline and will carry domestic pets such as cats, dogs, and domestic birds on board its flights as carry-on, checked luggage or as cargo.

Read on to learn more about how to choose the carry-on option for your pet on board a Delta flight.

Advance Planning

It is important to contact Delta in advance at 1-800-221-1212 to book your pet on board your flight, as the airline accepts pets on a first-come, first-serve basis. Domestic pets that are carried on board the plane as a carry-on will be counted as one piece of carry-on baggage.

Abide by Government Regulations

Prior to booking your pet onto a Delta flight make sure that the animal meets all government regulations. According to Delta Airlines, some U.S. states require a health certificate for pets. Contact your vet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 1-800-545-8732 or the Department of Agriculture in the state you are flying into to learn more about the government regulations for your pet.

Size Restrictions

Domestic pets that travel as carry-on baggage will need to be small enough to fit in a kennel in the seat in front of you. Contact the Delta Reservations department to find out the appropriate size of pet kennel that is required for your flight. Pets must be at least 8 weeks old to travel.

Kennel Guidelines

Delta Airlines expects passengers to keep their pet secure inside their kennel with the door fastened while waiting to board the plane, inside a Delta lounge and while on board the plane. Pets are not permitted to wander around the departure lounge or on board the aircraft while it is airborne. Multiple pets are not allowed in one kennel unless they are the same type, species, compatible with one another and the pets each weigh less than 20 pounds. If the two pets meet Delta’s travel guidelines, they will be allowed to travel together in the same kennel and will be charged as one pet, rather than two.

Contact Delta in advance if you plan to travel with a pet to find out about the cost and to book them in early as a carry-on. Passengers must strictly abide by government and airline regulations at all times when they travel with their pets on board as carry-on baggage.


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