If you’re planning on traveling with your dog, we know how stressful the idea of bundling them into a carrier and stowing them under a plane seat can be—especially if your dog isn’t used to flying and you’d like them to be able to see and hear you throughout the flight. This begs the question “Is it possible to purchase a plane seat for a dog?”. It’s possible, but not many airlines allow it, and those that do require your dog to carrier while on the seat or your lap.
In this post, we’ll explain how airlines typically approach flying with dogs and share some tips on making flying with your dog a success.
Can I Buy My Dog a Plane Seat?
On some airlines, dogs are allowed in the cabin with their owners. Most of these airlines stipulate that the dog must remain in an approved, well-ventilated pet carrier with enough room for the dog to comfortably stand up and turn around.
You typically have to put the carrier containing your dog under the seat in front of you and are not allowed to remove your dog from the carrier at any point during the flight. However, it appears that some airlines do allow you to purchase a seat that you can then put your dog’s carrier on. JetBlue is one such airline.
JetBlue’s pet policy states that during taxi, takeoff, and landing, the dog must remain in the carrier under the seat in front of you. During the flight, you are welcome to put the carrier on your lap or the seat next to you if you purchased an extra seat for your dog. The rule about keeping your dog in the carrier at all times is the same as other airlines, though.
What About Service Dogs?
Trained service dogs are allowed in the cabin under U.S. law as long as they’re well-behaved and do not “pose a threat to the health or safety of others”. Rules tend to vary by airline, but service dogs typically have to either sit on the floor in front of their owner or on their owner’s lap if they’re small enough to do so. They are not typically allowed to sit on the seat next to you.
As for emotional support dogs, U.S. airlines are no longer required to accept them in the cabin as of 2021. Airlines that no longer recognize emotional support animals now enforce the same rules for them as for any other dog in the cabin. If you’re unsure whether your airline will accept an emotional support dog, please reach out to them to find out.
How Much Does It Cost to Take My Dog in the Cabin?
This may vary by airline, but, to give you an example, it costs $125 to fly a dog in the cabin one-way on JetBlue.
Tips for Traveling By Plane With Your Dog
Though you won’t be able to let your dog out of their carrier (unless they’re a service dog), some airlines like JetBlue do allow you to place your dog’s carrier on your lap or on an extra seat you’ve paid for. If you’re considering traveling with your dog by plane, we recommend contacting your vet and airline well in advance to make sure your dog is fit to travel and that there’s room for them in the cabin on the day you want to fly.