Delta Airlines Pet Policy


If you are thinking about taking your pet along with you on your delta flight or sending them through Delta Cargo, this blog is for you.

Here, we shall be giving you a brief of delta airlines pet policy with all requirements and restrictions. Firstly, we shall be going through Pet Reservation, then in-cabin policy, Delta Cargo, finally banned breeds.

With this being said, let’s get into it:


Pet Reservations


As per the delta airlines pet travel policy, pets are accepted on the basis of first-come, first-served. Reason being that Delta Airlines has limited the total number of pets that can be taken of a said flight. Restrictions are, as mentioned below:

  • First Class – 2 Pets
  • Business Class – 2 pets
  • Main Cabin – 4 pets

Therefore, if you are planning to bring your pet along with you on the next flight, it is recommended that you plan accordingly. In case you want more information on the same, you can call Delta customer care on this number: 800-221-1212.

You can use the same for guarantying a Fido spot on board for your pet. As far as reservation itself is concerned, there is the option to add pets while you are booking your flights. If you buy tickets through an agent or an agency, you can ask the same to add your pet.

Moving on, we shall be looking at delta airlines' pet policy for traveling, in different scenarios. With this being said, let’s get into it:


Pets in the Cabin


Firstly, we shall be discussing the delta airlines pet policy in the cabin. i.e. if you want to take your pet, on the fight alongside you.

But for you to do that, your pet, whether it is a dog or cat, has to meet the criterion laid forward by Delta Airlines' pet policy. Otherwise, you won’t be allowed to travel with them. in addition, you also need an approved airline pet carrier.

As per the requirements, this carrier has to be a waterproof bottom, to avoid any accidental spillage. Plus, it should have enough room for the pet to stand up, as well as turnaround freely. It should be fastened securely while still having good enough ventilation.


Now, let’s look at other requirements and rules of in-cabin pet policy.


Pets Allowed

As one might have guessed, only a selected breed and species of pets are allowed on the Delta Flights Within the USA, not including Hawaii. But Canada, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are covered. And as per the Delta airline's pet policy international flights, pets aren’t allowed in First Class, Business Class, or Business.



If you want to take your pet on a flight, they must be at least 10 weeks by the day of the flight. This is only for domestic travel. As far as an international in-cabin pet are concerned, they must be at least 16 weeks old. In the case of EU travel, they must be 15 weeks in age.


Route Restrictions

There is more restriction on international travel as compared to domestic travel. As such, Delta Airlines Pet policy does not allow in-cabin pets, to or from the destinations mentioned below:

  • Australia, Barbados
  • Dakar
  • Dubai
  • Hawaii
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

There are a few exceptions. For instance, services animals may be permitted to travel inside the cabin to or from South Africa, Hong Kong, or the United Kingdom. But there is no surety of this either.


Carrier Requirements

The carrier requirements usually vary quite a lot based on the aircraft you are taking. Nevertheless, one pet is allowed per customer in any given case. The exception being the pet is a mother cat or dog with her unearned litter.

Moreover, 2 pets of the same kind, as well as size falling between the age of 6 months and 10 weeks, may be permitted to travel inside a single kennel. Providing that both of them fit comfortability in there, being considered as one single entity.



Since pets or said animals are not checked in at the curbside, you can check them in at the passenger counter. The fees or the charge will be collected at the time of check-in, the reason being that pets are taken in on a first-come-first-served basis.

Delta airline will count your pet’s carrier as carry-on luggage.



Again, the cost of taking a pet inside the cabin differs. If it’s a domestic flight, including Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, it costs around $125USD. While on the international travel, it costs $200USD. For flights to or from Brazil, it will cost you $75USD. This can be changed as per the changes in delta airlines' pet policy if any.



Pets in Cargo

In the previous section, we discussed delta airlines' pet policy in the cabin. Here, we shall be looking at the rules, and requirements if you are to send your pet in cargo.

Delta Cargo covers the destinations mentioned below:

  • United States
  • South America
  • Latin America
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Asia
  • Africa

As per the international regulation, you have to make this reservation through an IPATA agent. With this being said, let’s see what are the other regulation, and requirements you need to meet.


Pets Allowed

In the case of Delta Cargo pet travel policy, pets that are allowed to travel are, as mentioned below:

  • Warm-blooded mammals
  • Birds (including show or exhibition animals)

However, you cannot ship dangerous or offensive animals. Ill or diseased pets aren’t allowed either.



In terms of age, the requirements are the same as they were in the cabin. 10 weeks old and weaned for domestic travel, 15 weeks old for travel to the EU, or 16 weeks old to travel to other countries.


Carrier Requirements

If you are to send your pet through Delta Cargo, make sure that the carrier is under 24 inches (61 cm) in height. However, there is an expectation for Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and military reservations.



As per the delta airlines pet policy, you have to get a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel. In addition to this, you also have to carry proof that your pet is rabies-free, as well as vaccinated for the same. All of this documentation is required.


Banned Breeds

Lastly, there are some restrictions if you are sending want your pet to travel through Delta Cargo, or inside the cabin with you.

For starters, Airlines are no longer accepting any booking for pets, categorized as emotional support animals in the cabin. In addition to this, Delta Cargo does not ship the Snub-Nosed (Brachycephalic) Breeds or Snub-Nosed Breeds (Cats) mentioned below:


Snub-Nosed (Brachycephalic) Breeds (Dogs):

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer (all breeds
  • Brussels Griffin
  • Bulldog (all breeds)
  • Cane Corso
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Toy Spaniel (King Charles)
  • Japanese Chin
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff (all breeds except Great Danes)
  • Pekinese
  • Pit Bull
  • Pug (all breeds)
  • Shar Pei, Shih Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel.

Snub-Nosed Breeds (Cats):

  • Burmese
  • Exotic
  • Himalayan
  • Persi

All of these breeds are banned. For more detail, you can check the latest delta airlines pet policy, available on the website of Delta Airlines.