Delta Air Lines Offers Customers Alternatives for Pet Travel

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced it will implement its annual embargo on the acceptance of pets as checked baggage from May 15 through Sept. 15. This applies to all destinations on Delta/s worldwide system. During the embargo period Delta customers will have two alternatives to transport their pets: shipping pets as cargo through the Pet FirstSM program or shipping pets as carry-on.

Through Delta/s Pet First program a service designed to address the special needs of warm-blooded animals shipped as cargo without their owner customers may take advantage of Delta/s special care and handling in each cargo facility shipping during morning and evening flights to allow for optimum comfort and temperature-controlled live animal holding areas in four hub cities / Atlanta Cincinnati Dallas and Salt Lake City. One simple rating structure for warm-blooded animal shipments makes it easy for customers to cost-effectively ship pets based on volume weight and destination. Customers also may pre-book their animals up to 13 days in advance and a minimum of one day prior to a desired flight. Pet First reservations can be made by calling 1-888-736-3738.

By shipping pets as a carry-on item customers may bring pets into the passenger cabin for a fee of $75 (to be collected at check-in) when traveling within the United States or Canada. The types of pets allowed in the cabin include dogs cats birds ferrets rabbits hamsters and guinea pigs. Reptiles primates or pot-bellied pigs are not allowed. In addition pets must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel
(max. size 17/Quote/L x 12/Quote/W x 8/Quote/H) under the seat directly in front of the passenger pets must be at least eight weeks old and passengers may not carry on more than one pet. Delta also limits the total number of pets per flight to one in first class one in Business Elite and two in the coach cabin. Pets are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Passengers should contact Delta at 1-800-221-1212 to arrange the carry-on of their pets.

For full details tips and restrictions of the Pet First program and shipping pets as a carry-on item please visit and choose /Quote/Travel/Quote/ then the /Quote/Traveler Services/Quote/ link.

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