Airline Information

Pets can travel in two ways: unaccompanied or in the cabin with you. Here we will mainly focus on pets traveling in the passenger cabin as a carry-on. The general requirements or rules include:

  • A health certificate - In most cases, health certificates are issued by a licensed veterinarian who examines the animal within a certain number of days before transport (airline specifics - see below)
  • Age - Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and have been weaned before traveling by air
  • Pet size - Carry-on pets should be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel (or carrier) to be placed under the seat
  • In captivity - Animals are never allowed out of the kennel (or carrier) during flights
  • Advance reservation - Advance reservation is required
  • Refusal - All airlines reserve the right to refuse an animal for reasons such as not meeting IATA regulations; illness; poor kenneling, or extreme temperatures at origin, transfer, or destination airports.

Celltei® pet carriers are designed with the specific goal of conforming to airlines' requirements. In fact, we even offer more functional features than are required. For full explanation, see "Is Celltei carrier airline approved?"

We list the key requirements for in-cabin carry-on soft-sided pet carriers posted by major airlines as of October 28, 2012 as follows (these requirements do not apply to service animals):

Maximum Weight
Maximum Dimension
(Length x Width x Height)
Air Canada
(Tel: 1-888-247-2262)
22 lb. (10 kg)
(pet and carrier combined)
21.5" x 15.5" x 10.5"
(55 x 40 x 27 cm)
Direct Link for more information:
American Airlines
(Tel: 1-800-433-7300)
Not specified so far
May exceed 19" x 13" x 9"
(48 x 33 x 23 cm) slightly
  • Cats and dogs only
  • Not allowed to/From Hawaii or transpacific destinations or to/From Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela
  • If two animals are traveling in the same carrier, they must be the same species (two dogs or two cats) and the pet and container can weigh no more than 20 lbs combined
Direct Link for more information:
British Airways
(Tel: 1-800-247-9297)
Pets are allowed in the cargo hold only with the exception of Guide/Assistance Dog.
The Pet Travel Scheme allows cats and dogs to travel between certain countries and certain UK airports without the need to go through the usual 6 months quarantine. See Details of the Pet Travel Scheme.
Direct Link for more information:
Delta Airlines
(Tel: 1-800-221-1212)
Not specified so far
Based on the flight.
Contact Delta Reservation
to determine the appropriate carrier size.
  • Dogs, Cats (domestic and international, and household birds (domestic US only)
  • Not be permitted in Business Elite/Business Class on any international flight
  • Not allowed to/From Hawaii or Hong Kong, the U.A.E., South Africa and the U.K. Pets may only be brought into Hong Kong and the US as cargo. See Pets to Hawaii for more information.
  • Two pets of the same type and 10 weeks to 6 months of age may be allowed in one kennel. They must be small enough to fit in one kennel provided they are compatible and must be of the same species and size, and they must meet the requirements of acceptance.
Direct Link for more information:
Jet Blue
(Tel: 1-800-538-2583)
20 lb. (9 kg)
(pet and carrier combined)
17" x 12.5" x 8.5"
(43.2 x 31.8 x 21.6 cm)
  • Only one pet per customer is allowed
  • Identification tags and licenses is required
  • Proper pet vaccination and documentation for each destination of your trip. Currently there are no vaccination or health requirements for pets on domestic flights. Pets to/from an international destination, including Puerto Rico, require proper documentation.
Direct Link for more information:
(Tel: 1-800-538-2583)
17.6 lb. (8 kg)
(pet and carrier combined)
21.5" x 15.5" x 9"
(55 x 40 x 23 cm)
  • Dogs and cats Only
  • You may use your own transport box if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight and bite proof
Direct Link for more information:
United Airlines
(Tel: 1-800-864-8331)
17.6 lb. (8 kg)
(pet and carrier combined)
18" x 11" x 11"
(46 x 28 x 28 cm)
  • Accept dogs, cats, rabbits and birds on most flights within the U.S. Rules for international in-cabin pet acceptance vary widely. Contact United Reservations.
  • See direct link below for additional restrictions regarding number of pets and traveling in different class and more
Direct Link for more information:
US Airways
(Tel: 1-800-428-4322)
Not specified so far
US Airways:
17"x16"x10" (43x40x25 cm)

US Airways Express:
about 1" shorter in length
  • One small domestic dog, cat or bird per passenger is allowed
  • Carry-on pets are not allowed to/from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Antigua, Bridgetown Barbados, Montego Bay, Jamaica or St. Lucia.
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed to/from Costa Rica. Please contact the embassy or consulate at least four weeks before you travel. Call 800-428-4322 for more information
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