Taking to the skies with your pet? What to know before you go.

Four-legged passengers have become a common sight at airports across the country as people travel with pets and service animals. If you plan on traveling through Bradley International Airport (BDL) with a furry friend, we’re breaking down the top five things you need to know.

  1. Every airline has pet policies

Policies will vary from airline to airline based on a number of factors, such as the age, size and type of animal. Most airlines only allow dogs or cats – while others also allow rabbits and household birds. Fees apply and there are travel restrictions based on certain destinations. Pets need to travel in an airline-approved carrier that can fit under the seat in front of you or else you cannot fly with your pet. Certain airlines allow animals to fly in the cargo hold if they’re too big for the cabin.

  1. Space for your pet onboard

Some airlines only allow a certain number of pets to travel on each flight. Before you book your ticket, contact the airline and make sure there’s enough space onboard the aircraft.

  1. Fit to fly

Illness, injury or an animal’s temperament could make them a not-so-ideal travel companion. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before booking your trip. Additionally, some airlines require documentation from a vet before travel to show your animal is healthy and fully vaccinated before taking flight.

  1. Navigating the airport

Once in the terminal at BDL, all pets must remain in their carrier. Only service animals are allowed to be out of a carrier in the terminal. Pets should not be placed in any of the TSA screening equipment when going through security. Let a TSA agent know you have a pet with you and they will advise how to safely proceed through the screening process.

  1. Potty talk

If your dog needs to go to the bathroom before or after your flight, there are two designated pet relief areas at BDL. The first is before the TSA security checkpoint on the lower level of the airport adjacent to doorway number one. The second location is past the TSA security checkpoint near the bathrooms that are adjacent to Charter Oak Emporium. Please follow directional signage in both pet relief areas.

Additional information

See additional information below regarding pet policies for the airlines that serve Bradley International Airport:

Traveling with a service dog? Click HERE to view the latest policies from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Bradley International Airport (BDL) invites you to love the journey at New England's second-largest airport. Recognized nationally by leading travel publications for its ease of travel, Bradley International Airport is ready to welcome you with new nonstops, expanded services, and convenient travel. The award-winning airport is operated by the Connecticut Airport Authority, and its operations are entirely self-funded. The airport contributes nearly $3.6 billion to the regional economy.

*Some nonstop flights may operate only during certain time periods of the year (seasonally). For the latest flight information, please visit the airline's website.