BDL Airport Service Animal Policies

Assistance animals are welcome to travel with passengers who have disabilities. Certain exemptions are provided to these animals, but some rules and restrictions still apply. To determine if your dog qualifies to be certified as a Psychiatric Service Dog and can be accepted as such for air travel, you can visit Pettable’s PSD service.

Bradley International Airport Pet Relief Areas

Bradley International Airport has three pet relief areas. Two areas are located outdoors at either end of the terminal building, and one is located inside Terminal 3. Read more about about Bradley International Airport’s pet policies before your trip, and your pet’s travel experience will be as smooth as yours.

BDL Airport Pet Cargo Locations

Bradley does not have many options for airliners that ship pets, but they do support Delta. If you’re shipping a pet to the area, get in contact with the recipients of your delivery or local animal transport companies. As always, call to confirm the time and location for picking up your animal.

The main cargo complex can be found at the following address, and each of the following servicers operate through BDL.

Total Airport Service
Bradley International Airport
300 Airports Way, East Granby, CT 06026
(860) 292-6004

300 Airports Way, East Granby, CT 06026
1 (800) 221-1212

American Airlines
300 Airports Way, East Granby, CT 06026

300 Airports Way, East Granby, CT 06026

Essential Airport Pet Travel Tips

Whenever you’re in the terminal with your pet, he must remain in his carrier. Exceptions exist for seeing eye dogs and when using the pet relief areas, and these animals can be on a leash. At all other times, it’s best to keep your pooch safe inside his carrier. Many dogs work in the airport, and this might be stressful for your animal.

There are also a few things that might be handy to bring if your travel is taking a full day. Consider bringing a collapsible water bowl, a simple leash, spare plastic bags for waste disposal, and the carriers specified by your airliner. Pack these items in a handy location for easy access whenever your pet might require them, whether in the top of your bag, or in a bag specifically for your pet.

Going Through Security

Hartford’s Bradley International Airport is not a particularly large airport, and even if you are traveling during the busiest part of the holidays, your wait time to get through security will be nowhere near as long as it will take to get through busier airports. However, security can be stressful nonetheless, especially when you have a dog with you. Luckily, security is fairly standard between airports, and as long as you follow the TSA guidelines, you should have no troubles.

Your animal’s carrier and supplies, as well as anything you are planning to carry onto the plane will need to pass through the x-ray scanner. Your pet will not have to pass through. Hold him in your arms or walk him on a leash and wait until you are instructed to go through the metal detector. You may have to be looked over, but you are likely to pass through with ease so that you can collect your things and proceed to your gate.

More Hartford (BDL) Airport Pet Policies

If you are arriving in, or leaving through Bradley, then you might prefer to use the outdoor pet relief areas available on the airport’s campus. If you are making a layover in Bradley, then you can make use of the indoor pet relief areas located near the iStore. For more information, check out our page on the specific facilities available at BDL, and learn about what you can expect from the pet relief areas of Bradley International Airport.

Looking for a different location? Check out our airport directory to find the relevant pet policy.