US Airways: Pet Policy

What methods of transport does US Airways provide for my pet?

  • Travel in the passenger cabin.

Does my pet qualify for travel in the passenger cabin?

Pets that meet the following qualifications can travel in the passenger cabin:

  • One small domestic dog, cat or bird per passenger is accepted in the passenger cabin.
  • Carry-on pets are not allowed on transatlantic flights or flights to/from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Antigua, Jamaica, Brazil, Tel Aviv, Barbados and Hawaii. Only dogs and cats are allowed to/from Mexico and Costa Rica. Call 800-428-4322 for additional requirements for international travel.
  • Pets in cabin count toward the carry-on baggage allowance. Pets must remain inside their approved container under the seat directly in front of you.
  • The kennel is specifically made for animal carriage and its measurements do not exceed 17in x 16in x 8in if it is hard-sided and 17in x 16in x 10in if it is soft-sided.
  • Your pet has all necessary health documents required by your destination (see below for more information).

Does my pet qualify for travel as checked baggage?

For the safety of your pet, US Airways does not accept any animals in its cargo compartments.

What are the fees associated with pet transport?

  • Fee for animal in the passenger cabin: $125 each way

What are the kennel requirements?

In addition to the size and weight maximums, the USDA and US Airways require that kennels meet the following requirements:

  • Be leak-proof and escape-proof.
  • Carriers must be ventilated on at least 2 sides, but not allow any part of the animal to protrude outside of the container.
  • Provide enough room for the animal to stand and turn around.
  • Carriers can be made of metal, wood or hard plastic/composite. Exceptions are made for soft-sided containers made specifically for pet carriage
  • Contain absorbent material or litter.
  • Have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals.
  • Be closed securely, but not locked.
  • 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.

What health documentation is required?

While US Airways does not require a health certificate for your animal, some States and Countries do require health documents. As it is the passenger's responsibility to be aware of all regulations, you should consult your veterinarian and the Department of Agriculture to ensure that your animal will comply with all requirements.

Are there any other restrictions?

US Airways can refuse to transport an animal due to illness, aggressive behavior, poor kenneling, or extreme temperatures at origin, transfer, or destination airports.

Please contact the airline directly for information about traveling with a service animal.

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