Milwaukee 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.

Milwaukee Airport Pet Relief Areas

The Milwaukee airport offers six pet relief stations. Passengers can find a pre-security pet relief area inside the Main Terminal, adjacent to the Family Restroom in the Concession Mall. There are post-security pet relief areas in Concourse C, at Gate C14, and Concourse D, between gates D34 and D36. Three outdoor pet relief areas are available near the American Airlines ticketing entrance, and on either end of Baggage Claim. If you’re traveling through General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) and bringing an animal along, you’ll want to know the locations of all pet relief areas.


Cargo Policies

If you are planning to ship your pet through cargo, then you will want to pay attention to the weather patterns for Milwaukee. Airlines often limit travel when temperatures are extreme, and Milwaukee is known for its cold winters. If your pet’s cargo route goes into, out of, or through Milwaukee, you may want to reconsider.

That said, shipping an animal through cargo is a wonderful option for many pet owners that need to transport an animal unaccompanied. The MKE pet policy says pet parents must pick up their shipped animals at airline-specific cargo facilities just outside the terminal building.

American Airlines
311 West Air Cargo Way
Milwaukee, WI 53207

United Airlines
Drop your pet off at the airline counter. Pickups are held at the baggage service office.

Delta Cargo
1 (800) 221-1212
201 West Air Cargo Way Milwaukee, WI 53207


More Milwaukee Airport Pet Policy

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that many animals work in MKE. Some dogs are service animals or comfort animals, and others are K9 units with local police and TSA. Because of the presence of these working animals, the only animals that can be in the airport are those that have a ticket for the plane. If your dog is flying in the cabin, he should stay in his carrier while inside the terminal building. If you have a service dog, he will be expected to be calm and on a leash.

Per the General Mitchell International Airport pet policy, pets ticketed as checked baggage should be dropped off with the airline before proceeding through security. Be sure to follow all guidelines that your airline has for animals flying as checked baggage. If your pet will be accompanying you on the plane, be sure to get the right accommodations for him while in transit. Most airlines will expect your small dogs to stay inside their carriers under the seat in front of you. Service dogs will need to be on a leash and lay at your feet.

Planning ahead for the Milwaukee Airport pet policy makes the process easier when going through security. There are certain steps you can take to make traveling with a pet easier. Place all your pet’s supplies in one area that you can reach, and have a leash handy. When it’s your turn to go through security, walk or carry your pet through the metal detectors. All of your supplies and bags will need to go through the x-ray, but your pet will not have to. Follow the instructions of the TSA for more information.

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