Orlando 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.

Orlando Airport Pet Relief Areas

The Orlando International Airport has seven pet relief areas. Three of the pet relief areas are located pre-security, and passengers can find four pet relief areas post-security. One pre-security pet relief area is located in the North Cell Lot, and the other two are on the second level of the Main Terminal. The “A” side area is at the far east end of the building (to the right as you exit the building), and the “B” side area is located at the far west end of the building (to the right as you exit the building). Post-security pet relief areas are located near Gates 1-29, 30-59, 70-99 and 100-129.

Orlando Airport Pet Cargo Locations

Passengers have three travel options when flying with an animal. If your pet is small, he can ride with you in the cabin. If your pet is too large for this possibility, you will have the option of flying them as baggage or cargo. Traveling as baggage is an increasingly uncommon practice, but if this is your chosen option, the process is relatively simple; drop off your pet at flight check-in and pick them up at excess baggage upon arrival. 

The final option is to fly your pet to a destination as cargo. If this is the case, Orlando MCO Airport pet policy requires pet parents to collect their animals from the cargo facility associated with their airline or cargo handling company. These facilities are unconnected to the main airport terminal building, so arrange private transportation prior to picking up your pup. Below, we have detailed essential location and contact information.  


Alaska Air
9462 Benford Road
Orlando, FL 32827

American Airlines
9463 Benford Road
Orlando, FL 32827

8965 Tradeport Drive, Building 401
Orlando, FL 32827

8841 Bear Road
rlando, FL 32837

8835 Bear Road
Orlando, FL 32827

9463 Benford Road
Orlando, FL 32827

When flying a pet into or out of the Orlando Airport, travelers should keep an eye on temperature and weather forecasts. If temperatures rise above 85 degrees Fahrenheit—and they do, frequently, in Orlando—it may be unsafe for your pet to fly. Though there is no MCO pet policy regarding this restriction, we recommend avoiding Florida air travel in the summer months when possible; it may take several tries to get your pet on a safe flight. 

More Orlando Airport Pet Policies

As in most American airports, MCO pet policy prohibits dogs from moving freely throughout the airport. All animals, excluding service animals, must be in an approved carrier while in the airport or onboard an aircraft. The only situational exceptions exist for when animals are traveling through security or utilizing a pet relief area.  

The Orlando airport pet policy advises travelers to review the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website before scheduling any travel plans. Additionally, if you are importing pets from another state via Orlando International Airport, we recommend consulting the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services guide. Though these regulations are similar to those in other states, consulting these requirements is necessary for safe and successful travel.  

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