We know your pet is important to you. Your pet is also important to all of us at PenAir. This page will assist you with general information for transporting your pet on PenAir. Pets must travel with you on the same flight. *Exception is transporting your pet as cargo (Alaska only, see Alaska Cargo for more details)
Please call the PenAir Customer Assistance & Reservations Center at 1-800-448-4226 to ensure the flight you are traveling on will accept pets and book your travel. The online reservation system should not be used if traveling with a pet or service animal.
Preparing For Your trip
To comply with humane standards, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulates the transportation of animals. These regulations apply to you, the shipper, as well as all airlines. We can assist you in making certain you comply with these laws to ensure a safe trip for your pet. USDA regulations require that your animal be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling.
Health certificates are required for any travel crossing state borders. A Rabies Vaccination Certificate is required for all travel within the State of Alaska. Alaska State Law requires PenAir to obtain proof of a current rabies vaccination for each dog or cat over 3 months old being transported, each time they are transported on PenAir.
Live Animals in the Cabin
Animals that are acceptable for travel in the cabin include small dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, tropical pet fish (only in leak proof container) and must fit under seat and remain in the kennel at all times. Nylon soft-sided carry-on bag type kennels are acceptable as long as they fit requirements of: space, cleanliness, leak-proof bottom. The kennel must be placed under passenger seat and remain there during takeoff and landing. Obstructing the aisle or passageway is not allowed. Animal may not create a noise disturbance in the cabin or they will have to travel as cargo. Only 2 animals per cabin are accepted. The following are exempt from one per cabin rule.
Service animals must remain under the control of the owner/handler at all times. An airport supervisor may require an out-of-control animal to ride cargo in a kennel.
Live Animals Checked as Baggage
The Animal Welfare Act protects animals transported by air. The USDA enforces these laws. No other species are allowed to share kennels, e.g. dogs and cats cannot travel together in the same kennel.
You and PenAir are responsible for following USDA and IATA regulations regarding the size and type of kennel that is acceptable.
The kennel must be properly marked. Federal regulations require that the following also be applied to each kennel.
Helpful travel tips
One of the most important steps you can take is to make sure your pet is familiar with the kennel. Purchase the kennel as far in advance as possible. Veterinarians recommend leaving the kennel door open in the house with an old sock or familiar object inside so that your pet may spend time near the kennel and perhaps venture inside on its own. Since it is important that your pet be as relaxed as possible during the flight, familiarization with the kennel is essential.
Get to the airport early
If your pet is traveling as baggage, check-in will be at the airport. If your pet is traveling via cargo, you may need to take your pet to our cargo facility, which may be in a separate building than the airport.