As with most airlines, flying with your pet in the cabin is the cheapest and easiest way to transport an animal with Korean Air. Passengers can bring cats, dogs, and birds into the cabin. The pet fees for in-cabin animals are 20,000KRW, or around $16USD, but this can change depending on your flight duration. Remember that animals who are too large to fly in the cabin will need to travel in the pressurized cargo hold as checked baggage. For more information about the other ways you may be able to travel, read more about Korean Air pet policies.


Travel Restrictions for Pets in the Cabin

There are very few travel restrictions for pets flying in the cabin with Korean Air. Only cats, dogs, and birds are allowed to travel inside the cabin, per the Korean Air pet policy. As with most airlines, they will not allow pregnant animals or animals who are under 8 weeks old. Remember that breeds who suffer genetic respiratory issues will only be allowed to travel inside the cabin.

The number of pets per person is limited to three pets for each passenger, but this is only if one animal is a carry-on and the other two remain in the cargo compartment. We are unsure if there is any restriction on the number of animals allowed on a single flight, so we recommend calling a Korean Air representative to ensure your pet has a spot.


Preparing Your Pet for Travel

Your animal’s comfort is key to having a safe and pleasant flight experience. There are several things the Korean Air pet policy recommends you do prior to boarding.

  • Register your pet with Korean Air after booking your flight. This may include calling an airline representative.
  • Line the bottom of your pet carrier with absorbent material.
  • Feed your cat or dog between four and six hours prior to your flight’s departure.
  • Arrive at least one hour before the usual recommended time.
  • Find the nearest pet relief area in your departing and arriving airports.


Travel Container Specifics for Carry-On Pets

Korean Air does not provide carry-on container requirements for pets. As a result, we recommend referring to IATA-compliant containers. This means that the carrier can be hard or soft sided, but it must be well ventilated and large enough for your pet to lounge comfortably for the duration of the flight. You should also line the bottom with absorbent material in the case of a bathroom emergency.

Passengers should note that the combined weight of your pet and its carrier cannot exceed 15 lbs. for in-cabin transit. If your animal is larger than this, you will need to fly them as cargo or checked baggage.


How Much Does It Cost to Fly with Pets in the Cabin?

Flying with pets in the cabin on Korean Air is a relatively cheap endeavor. Most passengers should not expect to pay more than $16 USD, but this can change depending on your flight duration and destination.