Airline Approved Pet Carriers have specific requirements and must meet IATA regulations.
The kennel must be constructed of rigid plastic, wood or metal. The roof must be solid with no doors or ventilation openings.
The kennel must have ventilation on three sides for travel within the 50 United States and Puerto Rico. The kennel must have ventilation on four sides for travel to and from all other destinations and for all brachycephalic (Short nosed) pets traveling to any destination.
The kennel must be large enough for your pet to freely sit and stand with its head erect, turn around and lie down in a normal position.
Your pet’s head or ear tips, whichever is higher, must not touch the top of the crate.
Certain airlines require an additional 3 inches of height clearance when transporting your pet to and from any destination outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Short-nosed dogs require a kennel one size larger.
The kennel door must be made of metal. Plastic and Fiberglas™ doors, including side plastic latches, are prohibited because they are not strong enough to protect animals during normal handling.
All kennel hardware must be secure and in good working condition. A metal nut and bolt must be secured in each hole that is in place to connect the top and bottom of the kennel. Please note that it’s common for kennels to have nuts and bolts that are metal and covered with a plastic coating on the outside, and those are acceptable.
Snap-sided kennels or kennels with plastic side latches will not be accepted, unless the shipper drills holes and adds metal nuts and bolts to secure the snap or latch closures.
Two dishes (one for food and one for water) must be attached to the inside of the kennel but also be accessible from the outside of the kennel so they can be filled from outside the kennel without opening the door.
The door must close securely. In accordance with federal regulations, animals must be accessible in the event of an emergency.
The floor must be solid and leak-proof and contain absorbent material, such as shredded black-and-white printed newspaper.
Petmate Sky Kennel Travel Crates
Professional-grade travel kennel designed for the safe and comfortable domestic and international transportation of your pet. Ventilation on all four sides (required for international pet travel).
Airline approved. For use with dogs, cats and ferrets.
|Small (Series #100)||21″ L x 15″ W x 16″ H|
|Medium (Series #200)||28″ L x 20.5″ W x 21.5″ H|
|Intermediate (Series #300)||32″ L x 22.5″ W x 24″ H|
|Large (Series #400)||36″L x 25″ W x 27″ H|
|X Large (Series #500)||40″ L x 27″ W x 30″ H|
|Giant (Series #700)||48″ L x 32″ W x 35″ H|
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR PET
Measuring dogs can be a bit tricky, and often times it’s easier to have your pet stand against a wall reference the point on the wall rather than attempting the tape measure with your dog. You can then go back and measure the mark on the wall with the measuring tape.
A- FROM THE TIP OF THE NOSE TO THE BASE OF THE TAIL (TAIL IS NOT INCLUDED)
B- FROM THE ELBOW TO THE GROUND
D- FROM THE FLOOR TO THE TIP OF THE EARS OR TOP OF THE HEAD (WHICHEVER IS HIGHER). EARS MUST NOT TOUCH THE TOP OF THE KENNEL)
With your dog standing in a natural position, facing forward, hold their head level and make a mark with a pen or pencil where the tip of their nose ends – make sure they have not arched their body as this can artificially shorten the measurement. Please also note that you must NOT include the tail in the measurement.
Again, holding their head level, make a mark with a pen or pencil level with the top of their head. If they have erect pointed ears like a German Shepherd for example, measure to the top of the ears
The great news is that your dog can run off and play while you only have to measure the marks on the wall… which won’t wriggle nearly as much!
These measurements need to be as accurate as possible as this information is used to determine the proper size crate for your dog to ensure that they meet the airline requirements.
We want to ensure that your dog has a suitable crate and a safe and comfortable journey.
If a crate is too small, your pet will not only be uncomfortable but it is also against the very strict airline rules. Pets must have a certain minimum size of crate to comply with the airlines. At check-in, the airlines thoroughly check the size of crate compared to the pet inside and they will not hesitate to refuse your pet to travel in the crate if they deem it too small. This can cause delay in travel and additional expenses.
Custom Travel Crates
For certain breeds and sizes, a custom travel crate or airline approved travel kennel is required. These can take up to 60 days to construct, so advanced notice may be required to accommodate shipping your pet.
Crate Extension Kit
For larger dogs who need just a little bit extra height, an extension kit will be necessary. We offer crate extension kits to add height to Extra Large (#500 series) and Giant (#700 series) crates.