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New Dog Jaunt guide: Chart of international airlines’ policies for in-cabin pets

I’m pleased to announce that Dog Jaunt’s “Guides” section now includes a chart setting out the highlights of the major international airlines’ policies for in-cabin pets. I’ve also added it to Dog Jaunt’s sister site, called Pet Carrier Reviews (which has been accumulating more crate and carrier reviews to look at!).

Things that caught my attention: Several of the airlines allow in-cabin pets to travel in slightly larger carriers than U.S. airlines generally do: Air Canada, Air France, Asiana, KLM and Korean Air all have generous allowances, and a carrier on THAI can be positively palatial. Some of the weight allowances are severe, however: Air France, Asiana, and Turkish Airlines in particular will have you searching for the lightest carrier made.

I was also enchanted to learn that neither Emirates nor Etihad will allow dogs to travel in-cabin, but they welcome in-cabin falcons.


  • Baxter

    What a handy site! We’ve wanted to do air travel with our doxie Baxter but are fearful we’d be rejected…I’ll be sure to rummage around your wonderful blog to see if I can get any swell hints. 🙂

  • Thanks so much — a doxie should be an easy dog to take on board! Do root around, and if you have questions, please ask.

  • Amanda

    This is wonderful! I’m so impressed you even have LAN on there (it’s unfortunate they don’t allow pets). My husband is Chilean and I’ve worried about what we’d do with our dog if we were going to do a long-term visit to his country and this table about international flights is a great future resource. A lot of the limits are quite reasonable, in my opinion. Except for silly LAN, which is a great airline otherwise. Something to keep in mind is that LAN sells a lot of flights operated through American, and they do allow pets, just in case any readers happen to be heading to south america!

  • Thanks so much for the heads-up, Jill! You’re quite right — they now only allow in-cabin pets to travel from the U.S. to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

  • Si

    Hello, I don’t know if anyone will see this or be able to answer this question, but I will try anyhow. If I book a flight with United Airlines on their website, but must fly with partner airlines such as SAS, Lufthansa or Brussels Airlines, does this mean I will have to check in with these partner airlines and follow their regulations on in cabin pets instead of United Airlines? I am just wondering this because if this is so, then it will be very difficult to plan our trip, but I will just have to live with that. I am planning on travelling from Denmark to the US and my french bulldog is very muscular and thus weighs more than the 5-9 kg limit which these other airlines have on in cabin dogs.

  • Si, I am so sorry for the late reply, but I just found your message! I’m afraid you will have to comply with the rules of the airline you’ll actually be flying on. On the bright side, it really seems like international pet travelers get cut a break by the airlines (especially European ones), so I suspect they’ll turn a blind eye to your French Bulldog. (The good thing is that French Bulldogs look so trim, even if they’re pure muscle, and therefore heavier than the airline would like.) Please let us know how it goes!

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