Delta Joins Other Airlines in New Policy on Pets

Airline joins others that forbid pets as checked baggage

Early next year, Delta Air Lines will stop allowing flyers to check their pets as their luggage, a policy some other airlines have already adopted.

After March 1, some small dogs, cats and other pets can fly in the aircraft cabin for a fee, but larger dogs and other pets must be shipped in a plane’s cargo hold through Delta Cargo for flights within the United States.

Delta joins other airlines that do not accept pets as checked baggage, including JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.

Some exceptions on Delta: pets traveling with members of the U.S. military with active transfer orders, service animals and emotional support animals.

American Airlines’ policy to allow pets to be checked as luggage remains unchanged.

A website about traveling with pets, Bring Fido, details the policies of a number of airlines.

The Humane Society of the United States recommends bringing your pet with you in the cabin if air travel is necessary.

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