LAX 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.

LAX Airport Pet Relief Areas

There are 11 LAX pet relief areas in total—three outdoor dog parks and eight indoor pet relief areas. The outdoor dog parks are on the Lower Level/Arrivals. Once you’re past security, you can find indoor pet relief stations at the following locations: Near Gates 13, 21, 52B, 62, 73, the Terminal 3 atrium, and on either side of the TBIT/T-4 Bridge.  

Los Angeles International Airport pet policy requires that you keep pets inside their carriers except when going through security or at a pet relief station.

LAX Pet Cargo Locations

If you’re using one of the few airlines that permit pets to fly as checked baggage, you should be able to pick up your pet at the excess baggage claim area. More likely, your pet will be traveling as cargo, and LAX pet policy is going to have you visit the cargo facility associated with that airline.  

These facilities are located outside the terminal but within the airport grounds. Along with general information about LAX cargo, here is the contact information you need for each major carrier, their pet cargo service, and where to go to pick up your pet.  

United Airlines Cargo
5932 Century Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Delta Airlines Cargo
11101 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

American Airlines Cargo
5908 Avion Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Virgin Atlantic Cargo
5758 West Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Alaska Air Cargo
11001 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045


More Los Angeles International Airport Pet Policies

In 2016, LAX added seven pet relief stations, transforming it from one of the worst to one of the best airports for pet relief areas. These additions are part of a larger push to make LAX pet policies more animal- and pet-friendly and to improve the overall experience at the airport. More than pets, you may find bomb-sniffing canines, law enforcement dogs, service animals, and therapy dogs all using these pet relief stations.  

LAX is also one of the largest cargo airports in the world with more than 2 million square feet of cargo space, so while these facilities are all located in the same general area, it’s a good idea to know where you’re going. Typically, this cargo facility information is also provided as part of the pet cargo booking service.   

All in all, the pet policies at Los Angeles International Airport are comparable to many of the other services at LAX. You’ll have to navigate the crowds and concourses of a major air travel hub, but you’ll also find plenty of resources to help mitigate these hassles.  

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