Rules for Taking Your Potbelly Pig on an Airplane

Delta is the only airline that allows animals to fly without their owners.

It is not uncommon for people to bring their pets with them on an airplane. How else are you going to get your furry friend to Disney World with you and your family? Although it’s not unheard of to bring pets on board, there are different policies for each airline as to where your pet is allowed to ride and it’s no different for your potbelly pig.

Delta Airlines has a strict policy of no potbelly pigs allowed in the cabin area. Although dogs, cats and household birds are allowed to travel in the cabin with you for a one way fee of $125, potbelly pigs do not get that option, most likely because of their size (they usually weigh between 120-150 lbs).

Pot belly pigs are also not allowed to ride as checked baggage at Delta Airlines. This option is reserved only for cats, dogs, household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters. All other animals, including potbelly pigs must be shipped as cargo. Depending on how large your potbelly pig is, this could cost between $178-$689.

Shipping your potbellied pig as cargo might make you feel uneasy, but Delta assures pet owners that their Delta Pet First Service will treat your potbelly pig with care and make sure he/she will arrive at your destination safe and sound. However, to make sure everything goes smoothly, you must book your pet’s U.S. flight at least 24 hours in advance. International pet shipments should be booked at least 3 days in advance and a maximum of 30 days in advance.

Your potbelly pig will travel from origin to destination with Delta DASH shipments in a climate-controlled, pressurized environment. Upon arrival of the destination city, your potbelly pig will be carefully delivered to the Delta Cargo Facility within an hour, which is where you can pick him/her up when your arrive.

Although shipping your potbelly pig as cargo is safe, it can be a stressful experience for your pet. To make sure your pet is comfortable and save, Delta offers these shipping tips:

  • Make sure your pot bellied pig is familiar with the kennel it will be traveling in.
  • Take your potbelly pig for a long walk before the flight and keep him/her as calm as possible prior to boarding. Don’t put the leash in the kennel with your pig.
  • Make sure your potbelly pig has identification tags with your home address and phone number.
  • Don’t put a muzzle or choke collar on your potbelly pig before the flight. It can be dangerous for your pig when he/she is alone.

Following these tips along with checking the weather and health requirements will allow you peace of mind when your potbellied friend is traveling. Have a fun and safe trip!


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