Traveling with pets can be stressful especially when you are flying on passenger airlines. The majority of airline companies impose strict rules, and regulations for carrying, and transporting animals.

Like other airlines, Delta also features its own policies and guidelines regarding traveling with pets and transporting them via cargo service.

Delta Air Lines is among some airlines that allow traveling with pets or shipping them as cargo. In this article, we will explore the latest Delta Pet Policy along with requirements and restrictions.

Without any delay, let’s get started.

Is Delta strict with pets? What are the Delta Pet Policies?

As a Delta passenger, you can travel with your pet as a carry-on. Besides, your pet can also be shipped via a special Delta cargo service.

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Delta Pet Policy (Is Delta strict with pets?)

Delta also allows pets to travel as checked baggage however, this facility is available for active U.S. military, or active U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO), and their spouses with active transfer orders.

Carry-on Pets Policy, Requirements, and Restrictions

Delta is among very few airlines that allow dogs, cats, and birds to travel in the cabin. Some big airlines including American Airlines, and United Airlines only allow dogs, and cats.

If you are carrying your pet in cabin kennels, it will be counted as your one carry-on item. That means you can carry one personal item onboard the Delta flight.

Kennel Size, and Dimension Requirements

As a carry-on pet, you need to bring a proper kennel that fits under the seat in front of you. The pet must comfortably fit in the kennel without touching or protruding from the sides of the kennel. Besides, your pet must be able to freely move around inside the pet carrier.

The soft-sided, or hard-sided kennels or pet carriers are recommended. Such carriers must be leak-proof, and feature ventilation openings on three sides. For international travel, ventilation on four sides is mandatory.

The recommended kennel dimension for the soft-sided kennel is 18in x 11in x 11in (Length x Width x Height). The maximum allowed dimensions are determined by your flight as the space under seats varies according to aircraft type.

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Pet Carrier Dimensions (Is Delta strict with pets?)

Guidelines at the airport

Your pet must be kept inside the pet carrier or kennel with door secured at all times in a Delta boarding area, a Delta Sky Club location, and while on board the aircraft.

Guidelines inside the aircraft

Your pet must remain inside the closed/zipped-up pet carrier at all times while flying.

Besides, there are some restrictions to sitting in the aircraft with carry-on pets. Passengers must not sit in the following sections if they have carry-on pets.

  • 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

Carry-on Pet Restrictions by various countries

Some countries have strict rules for traveling with pets while others completely prohibit pets on carry-on or cargo flights.

The following countries are stricter with the pet travel policy so, Delta customers need to review pet travel restrictions based on their 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

Important Guidelines for Carry-on Pets

  • 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

Carry-on Pet Fees

The carry-on pet fees depend on the destination as illustrated in the table below.

U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands$95 USD/CAD
Brazil$75 USD
International $200 USD/CAD/EUR

Transporting Pets as Checked Baggage

Delta Air Lines allows traveling with pets as checked baggage but for only active U.S. military, or active U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO), and their spouses with active transfer orders.

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 members, and U.S. State Department Foreign Service officers can check their pets (Cats, Dogs, Household Birds, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, and Hamsters) as baggage for a certain applicable fee. Besides, there are various policies, and guidelines for carrying pets as checked baggage.

Shipping Crate Requirements

Delta customers must bring an approved shipping crate to transport their pets as checked baggage. The crate must feature sufficient room for pets to stand, sit erect, move around, and lie down in a natural position.

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Approved Crate Requirements (Is Delta strict with pets?)

Pet Shipping Crates can be purchased from Delta Cargo locations. The cost of different crate types are shown in the table below.

Shipping Crates Pricing

400 SERIES (LARGE)$145
Not available on
Boeing 767-300/300ER/400ER
Airbus A330-200

Shipping Crates Dimension, and Weight Requirements

100 SERIES (SMALL)21in x 15in x 16in 6 lbs (3 kgs)
200 SERIES (MEDIUM)27in x 20in x 19in12 lbs (5 kgs)
300 SERIES (MEDIUM)32in x 22in x 23in 18 lbs (8 kgs)
400 SERIES (LARGE)36in x 24in x 26in24 lbs (11 kgs)
Not available on Boeing 767-300/300ER/400ER
Airbus A330-200
40in x 27in x 30in31 lbs (14 kgs)

Weather Requirements

Temperature is one of the vital requirements for transporting pets safely. Delta doesn’t accept pets as checked baggage during extreme weather, or if the temperature goes out of the safety zone.

The safe temperature is infringed if the temperature exceeds 80F (26.5C) or lowers below 20F (-6.5C).

Breed Restriction

Delta Air Lines restricts some pet breeds to travel on their flights. Snub-nosed, or pug-nosed dogs, and cats are not allowed as checked baggage.

British Shorthair
Burmese Exotic Shorthair
Himalayan Persian
Scottish Fold
American Bully
American Pit Bull
American Staffordshire Terrier
Boston Terrier
Bull Terrier
Boxer (all breeds)
Brussels Griffin (Petite Brabacon)
Bulldog (all breeds)
Cane Corso
Chow Chow 
Dogo Argentino
Dutch Pug 
Douge de Bordeaux
English Toy Spaniel 
Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel)
Lhasa Apso 
Mastiff (all breeds) 
Pit Bull 
Presa Canario
Pug (all breeds)
Shar Pei 
Shih Tzu 
Staffordshire Bull Terrier 
Tibetan Spaniel

Aircraft Restrictions

Delta Airbus A330-200 aircraft doesn’t allow pets as checked baggage. Boeing 767 aircraft doesn’t accept pets as checked baggage or cargo.

Cost to transport pets as Checked Baggage

U.S./U.S. Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico$200 USD
Brazil$150 USD/CAD
International (Canada or Caribbean)$200 USD/CAD/EUR

Transporting Pets via Delta Cargo

If your pet doesn’t fit in the aircraft’s cabin (in the seat in front of you), your pets need to be shipped with Delta Cargo service. There are health, weather, and other requirements to safely transport pets via cargo flights.

Health Requirements

A valid health certificate is mandatory when your pets travel as cargo, or checked baggage. The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of the trip.

Health Certificate (Delta Pet Policy)

The health certifcate must contain the shipper’s name, address, tag numbers/tattoos assigned to the pet, pet’s age, the statement that the pet is fit to fly, the signature of the veterinarian, and the issuance date of the certificate.

As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, the age of pets must be at least 8 weeks old (10 weeks old to carry in cabin), and fully weaned before their domestic travel, and at least 16 weeks old before traveling to the U.S. from other countries. For European travel, the age requirement is at least 15 weeks old.

The use of pet tranquilizers is not recommended as it may directly harm the pet’s health at high altitudes. However, if you require to sedate your pet, you must provide written consent from the pet’s veterinarian.

Feeding Requirements

If you are shipping your pet, you need to ensure your pet has been offered food, and water within 4 hours of check-in. You must also provide instructions for food and water for a 24-hour period.

Weather Requirements

The temperature and weather requirements are the same as requirements for pets as checked baggage. Delta will not ship your pet if the temperature exceeds 80F (27C) or falls below 20F (-7C).

If the temperature falls between 20F (-7C), and 45F (7C), you need to provide a certificate of acclimation.

Breed Restrictions

Delta, and Delta connection flights don’t permit transporting brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs, cats, and their breeds. The detailed list of restricted pet breeds is already mentioned above.

Conclusion on ‘Is Delta strict with pets?’

Delta Air Lines offers pet-friendly travel services however, customers need to follow adhere to the policies, and guidelines for safe travel.

With Delta, pets can be traveled as carry-on, checked baggage, or shipped via Delta Cargo service. Checked baggage service is only available to active U.S. military, or active U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO), and their spouses with active transfer orders.

FAQs on Delta Pet Policy

What documents does Delta require for pets?

The Health Certificate is mandatory for pets traveling with Delta flights. It must be verified by a licensed veterinarian.

Can my dog sit on my lap during a flight with Delta?

If you are traveling with your pet as a carry-on, it must remain inside the closed/zipped-up pet carrier at all times while flying. The carrier must be kept under the seat in front of you.

Can I buy a seat for my dog on an airplane?

Almost all airline companies restrict traveling with pets on a seat. That means, if you’re carrying your pet as a carry-on, it must remain secured inside the pet kennel, or carrier under the seat in front of you at all times.

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Suman Karki
Suman Karki is the founder of the AviaTech Channel blog and YouTube Channel. He is a passionate aviation enthusiast and holds experience working as a Ground Operations Officer for Swissport International. He is currently serving as a Flight Data Feeder for FlightAware (a US-based company for Flight Tracking). Besides, he has worked as an aviation content editor for various aviation media.



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