Delta Air Lines Pet Policy

Delta Air Lines Pet Policy

Delta Air LinesDelta Air Lines Pet Policy


In Cabin/Carry-On Pet Fee:  $95 one-way (for tickets issued after 2/28/2022)

Maximum Weight Allowed:  No weight restriction.

Carrier Guidelines: For pets traveling in cabin/carry-on, they must be small enough to fit comfortably in a small, ventilated pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you.  The soft- or hard-side kennel must be leak-proof and ventilated on at least 2 sides.  Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate carrier size.

Cargo Area/Checked Baggage Pet Fee:  Delta will only accept the following animals as checked baggage: (1) pets for members of the US military and their dependents with active transfer orders; and (2) service and emotional support animals that comply with federal regulations, including proper documentation based on current policies and procedures. Snub-nosed or pug-nosed dogs and cats are not accepted as checked baggage. All pets or other animals not meeting these exceptions will only be accepted for travel as freight through Delta Cargo. Rates are based on the weight of the kennel and its contents, including your pet.

To transport your pet as checked baggage or cargo, you must use a shipping kennel approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The kennel must be large enough for your pet to sit or stand without his head (including the ears) touching the top of the container.  Pets must be able to turn around and lie in a natural position. The travel kennels must also adhere to these guidelines: constructed out of rigid plastic, wood, metal, or material of comparable strength with solid roofs (no cardboard kennels); have wheels that can be removed or made inoperable (applies to wheeled kennels only); have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals; close securely, but not lock, allowing personnel to open it in case of emergency; have labels with the words "Live Animal" in letters at least 1-inch tall on the crate's top and on at least one side; have upright arrow labels indicating kennel's correct position (Delta Cargo can provide these labels); contain some type of bedding, either towels, blankets or shredded paper, to absorb any "accidents"; contain two empty dishes (one for food and one for water) attached to the inside of the kennel door (they must be easily accessible to Delta agents without opening the kennel door); display feeding instructions and food, if applicable; not be made entirely of welded mesh, wire mesh, wicker, cardboard or collapsible materials. 

Kennel size restrictions vary depending on aircraft, therefore you must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.