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Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is a major American airline based in Atlanta. The company transports pets in the cabin and as cargo.

Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit on the total number of pets per flight. Passengers are allowed to carry 2 pets in First Class, 2 pets in Business Class and 4 pets in the standard cabin on most Delta flights. You can call the Help Center at 800-221-1212 (+44 (0)207 660 0767 in the UK) to book a place on board for your pet.

Delta Airlines carries small pets in the cabin on most flights within the United States, Canada, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Pets are not allowed on flights to Hawaii. Pets are transported under the following conditions:

  • Pets can be transported in transport bags/containers provided by pet owners;

  • There must be enough space for the pet inside the bag/container to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably;

  • The container should fit under the seat directly in front of you;

  • Containers with soft or rigid walls must be sealed and have ventilation holes on three sides (four sides for international flights);

  • The maximum dimensions of bags/containers depend on the selected flight;

  • The pet must remain inside the container (with the door closed) during the whole flight;

  • For domestic flights, your pet must be at least 10 weeks old. If you travel to the US from other countries, it must be 16 weeks old, and if you travel to the EU, the pet must be 15 weeks old;

  • If you bring a container with a pet, you cannot bring any other hand luggage;

  • Only one pet is allowed per container, except kittens and puppies between 10 weeks and 6 months old from the same litter. You can take up to 2 pets if they fit in one container. In this case, you pay for the container for one pet.

The fee for pet transportation in the cabin depends on the flight of the aircraft. On flights to/from the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, you pay $95 per pet; to/from the Virgin Islands and outside the US. S. $200 per pet; and in Brazil, $75 per pet.

Animals that are too large to be carried in the cabin or travel unaccompanied can be transported via Delta Cargo. On domestic flights, pets must be booked within 14 days prior to departure. Delta Cargo does not guarantee that your pet will travel on the same flight or flight schedule as yours. On the departure day, you must arrive at the airport at least three hours before the flight to drop off your pet. For further information on pet bookings, please call Delta Airlines Customer Service Center at 1-800-352-2746 (1-612-266-3900 from outside the US).

Pets are accepted for transportation only in approved containers provided by the pet owners. When choosing a container, consider the following requirements:

  • Containers must be escape-proof and safe;

  • The dimensions of the container can be 68 cm x 50 cm x 48 cm; 81 cm x 55 cm x 58 cm; 91 cm x 61 cm x 66 cm; 101 cm x 68 cm x 76 cm; or 122 cm x 81 cm x 89 cm;

  • Containers must be rigid with a hard top, well-ventilated (on at least 3 sides on domestic and 4 sides on international flights), have a strong door and nuts and bolts to secure loose parts;

  • The bottom of the container should be lined with absorbent material;

  • There must be enough space for the pet to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably;

  • The container must be equipped with food and water utensils securely fastened inside it.

Other restrictions

Delta does not accept emotional support pets on any flight. In addition, Delta no longer accepts snub-nosed dogs, including the 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), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Pug, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel; and cats such as Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan and Persian.

Before booking your flight, do not forget to check the relevant rules governing traveling with animals in your destination country, as well as the general rules for keeping pets. For further information, visit the “International Travel” section of our website.

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