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Traveling with Pets

Traveling with Special Items

Our security procedures do not prohibit you from bringing a pet on your flight. You should contact your airline or travel agent, however, before arriving at the airport to determine your airline's policy on traveling with pets.

Security Screening

You will need to present the animal to the Security Officers at the checkpoint. You may walk your animal through the metal detector with you. If this is not possible, your animal will have to undergo a secondary screening, including a visual and physical inspection by our Security Officers.

Your animal will NEVER be placed through an X-ray machine. However, you may be asked to remove your animal from its carrier so that the carrier can be placed on the X-Ray machine.

Tips for Traveling with Pets

TSA makes every effort to work with travelers to create a calm and smooth screening experience for pets. As a reminder, you are responsible for your pet during the screening process. Here are a few tips to consider when traveling with your pet.

 At the Security Checkpoint:

  • Bring a leash: Whether you need to walk your pet through a metal detector, or carry it through, consider bringing a leash to ensure you can maintain control of the animal in the busy airport environment.

 Pets in Checked Baggage:

  • De-clutter your kennel: Officers must ensure that animal carriers do not contain prohibited items. In order to do so, they will conduct a visual inspection, unless they are unable to clearly see the interior of the carrier. In these circumstances, a physical inspection will be required and the animal will need to be removed from the carrier.

  • Bring a leash: If an Officer needs to conduct a physical inspection of a carrier, you will be asked to remove for pet for the screening to be completed. Consider bringing a leash to ensure you can maintain control of the pet. 
Latest revision: 28 January 2013