OPERATIONAL ADVISORY: Large Pet Kennels Traveling as Cargo Embargoed on DL Flights Starting March 1, 2019

January 31, 2019

Delta Cargo is committed to the safe and reliable transport of pets and all live animals in our care. A careful internal review has demonstrated that large pets are especially vulnerable to incidents due to kennel failures.

In order to eliminate the risk of injury and escape of large pets in transit, Delta will embargo kennels traveling as cargo above the 300 series or custom crates over 24 inches high as detailed in the table below, effective March 1, 2019 until further notice. This embargo will apply to all pet bookings utilizing the PET product code (all dogs, cats and pet-in-household); provided, however, Service Animals (SVAN), Emotional Support Animals (ESAN) and military bookings are exempt from the embargo. Delta Cargo has proactively addressed all impacted bookings.



Kennel Size

Kennel Series

Dimension (in.)




21" x 16" x 15"




28" x 20.5" x 21.5"




32" x 22.5" x 24"




36" x 25" x 27"


Extra Large


40" x 27" x 30"




48" x 32" x 35"


Shippers should note that all breed, aircraft and safety requirements remain in place and kennels used for transport must comply with IATAís Live Animal Regulations (LAR). Acceptance Agents will continue to verify that animals placed in kennels less than 24 inches high are able to sit, stand and turn around in its closed kennel without touching the sides or top.





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