Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) Pet Policy

Detroit Metro Airport Pet Relief Areas
Detroit Metro Airport has five pet relief areas in total. Two are available at the McNamara Terminal and three are available at the North Terminal. The McNamara Terminal has one pre-security option and one post-security option within the terminal. The North Terminal also pre- and post-security animal relief areas for optimal convenience. All four locations provide plastic bags and a container for solid waste disposal. The Detroit Metro Airport pet policy requires that all pet owners properly dispose of solid waste after the animal has used the relief station.  

  

DTW Airport Pet Cargo Locations
If your pet is too large to fly with you in the cabin, you will have to choices. The first is the easier but less frequently practiced: flying as checked baggage. Due to safety concerns, airlines are beginning to limit this practice. However, if you choose to fly your dog as baggage, you can process him at flight check-in and collect him at excess baggage upon arrival. 

If your dog travels as cargo, the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport pet policy requires you, the owner, to retrieve your pet from an airline-specific cargo facility. Though the cargo buildings are a part of the airport campus, they are not attached to the main terminal building. It is therefore necessary to secure private transportation.  

 

Delta Airlines Cargo
Building 536 East Service Drive
Detroit, MI 48242
800-352-2746 

 

United Airlines Cargo
614 E. Service Drive
Detroit, MI 48242
734-942-4015 

 

Southwest Airlines Cargo
614 E Service Drive
Detroit, MI 48242
734-784-2578 

 

Lufthansa Cargo
13495 Inkster Road
Taylor, MI 48180
800-542-2746 

 

If your pet is flying to or from Detroit as checked baggage or cargo, keep an eye on the weather forecast in the days leading up to his flight. Most airlines have temperature-related animal restrictions; if the weather forecast calls for temperatures above 85 degrees or below 45 degrees, your pup may not be able to get on the flight. To avoid this, do your best not to travel through Detroit in the winter months.  

  

More Detroit Metropolitan Airport Pet Policies
As with most airports, DTW pet policy requires that all animals remain in their crates or carriers while inside the airport. The only exceptions exist for service animals and those utilizing a dedicated animal relief area. The airport also advises that those traveling with service animals alert their airline prior to the trip.  

Detroit Metro Airport pet policy mentions that, while animals who are packed and ready for travel are always welcome at the airport, all other pets should be left at home or in the car. This means that furry friends cannot be in the ticketing area for last-minute goodbyes. However, this rule exists for a good reason: more leashed and uncrated animals means a greater potential for noise. Large rotundas and atriums capture noise more than most areas, so a barking dog in the ticketing level is a huge inconvenience for other travelers.  

All Detroit Airport pet relief areas provide plastic bags and a container for disposal of solid waste. If you require help to utilize these areas, the airport recommends contacting your airline to arrange for escort assistance.