Airline Travel for Pets Guide

Flying with Comfort Animals

People often experience calm when petting a dog or a cat, so it should come as no surprise that animals are now being used in the mental health field as a form of treatment.

Most airlines address these types of animals in their travel guidelines as comfort animals. Comfort animals can include:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Parrots
  • Monkeys

Rules and regulations regarding comfort animals vary slightly from airline to airline. While some will treat the animals exactly as they would a service animal, there may be more obstacles if you do not exhibit a physical disability.

In general, you will be required to provide:

  • Documentation from a medical professional stating the purpose of the animal, including what benefit you receive from the relationship with the animal (the letter may only be valid for a certain time)
  • Proof that the medical professional is licensed
  • Proof that you are still receiving care from the medical professional
  • Health/rabies/identification documents for the animal