Airline Pet Travel Crates


How to Choose an Airline Approved Pet Carrier

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


Airline Approved Pet Carrier

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). Some pets will require a custom travel crate due to their breed or size. These crates can take an average of 3 weeks to construct so advanced notification is required.

Airline approved. Petmate Vari Kennel or Petmate Sky Kennel -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

Measurement Guides for Airline Approved Pet Carrier-Crate-Kennels

Guidance for Calculating Properly Sized Pet Airline Shipping Containers

The size of the container (crate, kennel, carrier) must be such that it will allow the pet to stand in a natural position, turn around easily and to lie down in a natural manner at all times.

The images above gives measuring directions and a guideline for calculating the correct size airline shipping container for your pet/s. They relate to a pet standing in a natural position.



Pet Measurement:

A = length of the pet from tip of nose to root of tail

B = height from ground to top of leg or elbow joint

C = width across right & left shoulders

D = height of the pet in natural standing position from ground to the top of the head or the tip of the ear in erect ear breeds. (for a cat you might find it easier to measure height while cat is sitting with head erect)

Minimum Container Dimensions are:

Length = A+1/2 of B

Width = C x 2 (1 pet) or C x 3 (2 pets)

Height = D (+  3″ depending on airline)