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U.S. Regulations for Air Travel with Service Animals

By Melissa Allman, Sr. Specialist, Advocacy & Government Relations

Two Seeing Eye dogs, both golden retrievers, rest under their handlers' chairs in the seating area by an airport gate.

If you work with a guide dog or other type of service animal and you haven’t flown in a while, you may be feeling ready to embrace the new normal and fly somewhere interesting. But … you’ve heard the U.S. regulations changed in the last few years concerning flying with a service animal. Here’s some helpful links to explore:

The Department of Transportation breaks it down and provides helpful tips about the regulations.

Once you’ve decided which airline you will be flying on, it’s a good idea to check out their policies on service animals so you know how they are applying the regulations. Check out this information from some major U.S. and Canadian carriers:

Alaska Airlines

Allegiant Air

American Airlines

Breeze Airways

Delta Airlines

Frontier Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

Jet Blue

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

Sun Country Airlines

United Airlines

Air Canada

West Jet

If you are looking for more information about traveling with your guide dog in general, check out our pages on airlines and cruise ships, ground transportation, and international travel.