Philadelphia International 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.

Philadelphia International Airport Pet Relief Areas

Philadelphia’s airport provides seven pet relief areas ranging from 250 to 600 square feet. Two are available in Terminal A, and the remaining terminals (B, C, D, E, and F) all have one each. There are several pre- and post-security options, meaning pet parents do not have to exit secure animals in order to let Fido stretch his legs. The outdoor areas are contained by four-foot high fences with latch gates and are outfitted with a mulch surface, a bench, faux fire hydrants, and biodegradable pet waste bags. The Philadelphia International Airport pet policy requires all owners to clean up solid waste after their dogs.  

PHL Airport Pet Cargo Locations

Pets too large to fly with you in the cabin have two travel options: they can be shipped as cargo or travel as checked baggage. The latter option is becoming increasingly uncommon, but select airlines continue to offer the service. If this is how your dog is moving from Point A to Point B, your role is very simple; drop him off while checking into your flight and collect him at excess baggage upon arrival. 

Most likely, your pet will be traveling as cargo. PHL pet policy requires that all pet owners collect their animals at airline-specific cargo facilities. However, unlike most travel terminals, the Philadelphia Airport cargo facilities are surprisingly accessible. Cargo City, the primary cargo area, is very close to the main terminal building. Though passengers must still exit the building to access cargo facility entrances, Tinicum Island Road passes through the main cargo corridor. However, there is no shuttle service to this part of the airport; if you are uncomfortable walking, we suggest arranging private transportation.  


Air Canada Cargo
Cargo City Building 4
Philadelphia, PA 19153

American Airlines Cargo
Cargo City Building C6
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Delta Airlines Cargo
8808 Little Tinicum Island Road
Philadelphia, PA 19153

JetBlue Airlines Cargo
Cargo City Building C7
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Lufthansa Cargo
Cargo Building C4
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Southwest Airlines Cargo
Cargo City Building C2
Door 49-53
Philadelphia, PA 19153

United Airlines Cargo
Cargo City Building 4
Philadelphia, PA 19153

More Philadelphia Airport Pet Policies

Though the Philadelphia International Airport pet policy does not explicitly state this rule, it is important to always keep non-service animals in their crates and carriers while traveling through the airport. Your dog should only exit the crate when going through security and while utilizing an animal relief area. Airport security canines frequently roam the terminals with their accompanying humans, so we expect PHL pet policy to take their comfort and safety into consideration when creating rules for pets.  

Additionally, the Philadelphia Airport pet policy requires that all animals using animal relief areas be leashed. It can be difficult to predict an animal’s behavior when it is under stress (i.e. traveling through an airport terminal), and leashing your dog is a great preventative strategy. Philadelphia is a large, busy airport, and leashing or crating your animal is the best way to keep him safe. 

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