Airline Policies for Service Dogs & ESA Dogs

Flying with Your Service Dog or Emotional Support Dog

As of December 4, 2022

Below we've compiled a list of policies for service and emotional support dogs from popular air carriers in the US for your convenience. As these policies may change from time to time, we encourage you to double check with your airline before departure to avoid any last-minute surprises.

In general, service animals and emotional support animals that accompany you on the aircraft in the cabin are expected to be well-behaved, quiet, and may not encroach on the space of another passenger. Very large service dogs may have to fly in a kennel and checked, so if you are in that situation we encourage you to check with your airline before you book a ticket.

American Airlines

Fully-trained service animals and emotional support / psychiatric service animals may fly in the cabin at no charge if they meet the requirements. Emotional support / psychiatric service animals assist individuals with emotional, psychiatric or cognitive disabilities. Advanced notice and approval is required to bring an emotional support / psychiatric service animal with you in the cabin.
View Amercian Airlines Policy Here >


Service animals welcome on all flights in the cabin at no extra cost. Emotional support animals accepted with valid ESA letter. Maximum one emotional support animal per traveler. All forms required and more information can be found at the following link. Always check in advance before heading to the airport that you have everything you need in accordance with Delta's policy to avoid any issues or delays at the check-in counter.
View Delta Policy Here >


JetBlue welcomes service and emotional support animals in the cabin at no additional charge. You’ll be asked at the airport to verify the service the animal provides. Must notify JetBlue at least 48 hours prior to departure if you plan to bring an emotional support animal on board. Additionally, please add the emotional support animal to your reservation when booking. Limit 1 ESA per traveler.
View JetBlue Policy Here >

Southwest Airlines

Service animals allowed on flight at no extra fee in the cabin. Emotional support animals require and ESA Letter medical note not older than one year. No dogs are allowed to fly to and from Jamaica, even service animals, due to country-specific regulations.
View Southwest Policy Here >

United Airlines

Service animals allowed on flight at no extra fee in the cabin. Service dog ID cards help to quickly identify your dog as a service dog. Emotional support animals require medical note not older than one year, and an accompanying veterinary health form. Notify United at least 48 hours in advance of bringing an ESA on board. See link below to download required forms. Always check in advance before leaving for the airport that you have all of the forms you need to bring an ESA on board.
View United Policy Here >

US Airways

US Airways has merged with American Airlines. Please see American Airlines policy on service dogs and emotional support animals.

Alaska Airlines

Service dogs fly for free with you in aircraft cabin. The size of the animal must not exceed the footprint or personal space of the guest's seat or foot area during the entire flight. Emotional support animals require letter from medical professional not older than one year. Snakes, reptiles, rodents, and spiders do not qualify as service or emotional support animals.
View Alaska Airlines Policy Here >

International Travel

International destinations, even on US based carriers, may have different policies and may not always conform to the guidelines set forth by the ADA. Some countries require proof of vaccination, specialized vet forms and documentation, or may forbid service dogs from entering at all due to quarantine or other policies. We strongly encourage you to call your airline in advance to check their policy before attempting to board your international flight with a service dog or emotional support animal.