Tips for Flying with Pets

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March 30, 2018

Tips for Flying with Pets

Before taking flight with Fido, make sure you know the rules of the road – or air. We’ve compiled some tips to help answer common questions about flying with pets.

Please note that dogs and cats are not allowed to walk around the terminal freely. Emotional support or service animals are the only exception.


Pet Relief Area outside of Bag Claim

Remember to make a pit stop at our Pet Relief Area before you head to the TSA security checkpoint. This small fenced area can be accessed through the double doors just east of the baggage claim carousels on Level 1. Check out this handy map to find exactly where to go.

Service animal relief area, concourse

Or, if you’re on the concourse and your pet has to go, use the Service Animal Relief Area (a/k/a dog-poop area, located across from Gate 1.

Small dogs and cats can usually travel with you in the cabin, provided their carrier can fit under the seat. Larger pets may travel in a crate in the cargo hold. Crates must be large enough for the pet to turn around and stand comfortably.

Make sure you listed your pet on your airline reservation.

Don’t forget your pet’s paperwork. This includes rabies vaccination records and health certificate from your vet.

Take a picture of you with your pet and keep it on your phone for identification.

Attach contact information to your pet’s collar and its carrier.

Avoid medicating or sedating your pet before traveling. These kinds of medications can hinder their ability to regulate their body temperature.

If you are flying with a service animal, the Department of Transportation in December 2020 defined a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. An emotional support animal cannot be a service animal.

For more information on flying with pets from ICT, check out rules from our airlines.

Alaska Airlines

Allegiant Air

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

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