Pet Air Travel Kennels

Planning on flying your pet any time soon?
Now’s the time to choose a kennel, and get them familiar with being in it.
Here we try to cover most of what you need to know for pet air travel kennels and basic dog trip kennel information for road trips.
An airplane dog kennel is a bit more involved than just figuring out your basic dog trip kennel size.

airline dog kennel guidelines



There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye, when we’re talking about a long road trip or flying with your dog.

We know that some people hate to think of their baby in a cage, but our dogs absolutely love their “bed”.

It’s their safe place.
When they’re sleepy, that’s where they go.

When they’re scared, that’s where they go.

It’s also the safest place to be in a vehicle.
Much like a car seat for a child, it greatly reduces the chance of injury during a hard stop or swerve.


When your pet has to fly, there are even more reasons to familiarize your dog with their kennel long before the flight.

First off, flying is scary for a dog. 
They need to feel as secure as possible, in a familiar environment, “their bed”.
It’s loud, bright, then dark, getting moved around by strangers with forklifts, and the ground literally is moving underneath them.
Wouldn’t you want to have a safe place to bury your face until this spooky ride is over?

Also, during check in, Your dog has to come out of the kennel so it can be security swept and X-rayed.
Then the dog goes back in to be weighed with the kennel.
If the dog is hard to get back, the airline can decline boarding.



There has to be at least three inches of clearance from the top of your dogs head to the top of the kennel.

If your dog has pointy ears, they’re measured from the tips of their ears.

They also have to have enough room to lay down and turn around comfortably.
If the kennel doesn’t meet these size requirements, the airline has to turn you away.

The size requirement is the same for small pets that can be brought onto the plane as a carry on.
The carry on also has to be small enough to fit under the seat with the dog in it.


We’ve just scratched the surface on this topic, so if you have any questions at all, we’ll be glad to help.

Just shoot us an email and let us know how we can help