Live Animal/Pet Check in

Ravn Alaska complies with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations (LAR) for the humane transportation of animals.

Airport employees will take care with every pet check in to ensure best possible comfort of the animal during the flight.

The Company retains the right to refuse transport for any animals that are improperly or unsafely crated or are a danger to passengers, employees or other animals on the flight.

Pets checked as baggage or in the cabin are not accepted prior to normal flight check in time or after check in closure to ensure the comfort of the pet.

Click to view Ravn Alaska’s Pet Check-In form. Pet check-in forms will be provided at the time of travel and must be filled out for each pet traveling with you.

At Check In Fees and Restrictions

Pets are accepted on a first come, first served basis at the time of check in.

  • $75 service fee applies for transporting pets solely on Ravn Alaska/Connect flights. The customer at the time of airport check in should have already contacted reservations, or booked pet space on line.
  • If the animal is over 149 Lbs. it must be brought to the Cargo Facility and shipped as cargo.

For customer with connections on Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air or Pen Air:

  • $100 fee applies for hand-carried pets and/or a $100 fee applies for checked pets.
  • Connecting passengers are advised that pets checked in must be re-claimed at the baggage claim in large airports for connections to Alaska Airlines as TSA screening is required prior to transport.

The following animals are NOT accepted as checked baggage and must travel as air cargo:

Any animal weighing over 149 pounds or that does not fit in a 500-size kennel;

  • Spiders;
  • Large birds;
  • Chickens;
  • Wild animals;
  • Farm animals;
  • Pigs (pot bellies excluded); and
  • Amphibians.

Pet Documentation for Travel

The USDA requires warm-blooded animals traveling across state lines to have a current health certificate issued by a veterinarian within the previous 30 days. It is the responsibility of the customer to obtain this documentation prior to travel and certify that the animal is in good health.

  • Service dogs are exempted from this rule.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination is required for animals traveling within the State of Alaska or when traveling across state lines.
  • Proof of a parvovirus vaccination is required for travel to Nome or Kotzebue.
  • Pets will not be accepted without proper documentation.

Pets accepted for travel on Ravn Alaska, either checked or in a carry-on, include: cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, tropical fish and non-poisonous reptiles. Snakes are not allowed in checked baggage, cargo or hand-carry.

Due to health risks, brachycephalic (short nose) dogs and cats travel at the owner’s risk.


The USDA and IATA have specific requirements for pet kennels. The CSA must inspect the kennel for visible and obvious signs of deficiencies.

The kennel must be:

  • Structurally sound;
  • Constructed of plastic, wood or metal;
  • Escape-proof (*not accepted are clip-down kennels, collapsible, snap-top, soft-sided, or kennels composed of wire, mesh, cardboard or wicker);
  • Properly ventilated without offensive odors;
  • Leak-proof with safe, non-toxic absorbent bedding;
  • Large enough for the animal to freely stand, sit, turnaround and lie down in a normal posture.

The kennel must not:

  • Have a plastic door;
  • Be secured with zip ties, snap or zip tie fasteners, duct tape or rubber bands;
  • Be secured with a lock;
  • Be small enough that any part of the animal’s body may protrude through any openings in the kennel.

Note: *Mesh or collapsible kennels are allowed for pets as carry-on.

The name, address, and phone number of the passenger must be on the kennel, along with the signature certifying the animal has been offered food and water within four hours of scheduled flight departure.

Feeding instructions must also be included. Two empty dishes, for food and water, must be secured inside the kennel and accessible from the outside.

Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress.