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Pets Flying Cargo (Domestic) 2021
October 22, 2021 by AKC Government Relations

Whether you are competing in a show or taking a vacation with your pet, sometimes flying is the most efficient option. But did you know that depending on which airline you take, the policies you must follow could differ drastically, especially in the COVID-19 era? Don’t get caught unprepared. If you are flying with a pet it is important that you plan ahead and familiarize yourself with your airline’s rules and regulations.

Air travel can be stressful for anyone, but especially pets who are flying for the first time. Make sure to set your pet up for success by getting them acclimated to their enclosure prior to the flight. Training your animal to feel comfortable in its new surroundings will ensure your pet stays happy and healthy during the flight. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) provides numerous resources for people flying their pets.  Visit IATA’s Traveler’s Pet Corner for more tips and tricks for a successful trip.

Requirements for pet travel vary widely across domestic airlines and may change with no prior notice.  Check with the specific airline for their pet travel requirements, restrictions, health certificate information, quarantine requirements (if any), fees, and other information.  Here is some information for common U.S. domestic airlines pet travel policies as they are currently posted.

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