There are three ways in which you can transport a dog by plane; in the passenger cabin, as excess baggage, or as cargo.
Passenger Cabin- Your dog can fly with you on the plane IF she is small enough to fit in a carrier that will stow under the seat in front of you (usually under 20 lbs, except for service dogs) and she stays in her carrier during the entire flight. That isn’t bad, and if you have a small dog (or cat) this is the best way to go.
Former Corona Resident, JP Pineda, had a challenging experience flying her Shepherd mix, Duke, to Spain. “I flew internationally with Delta, because they were one of the only airlines that would allow animals,” she said. But she does not recommend Delta to anyone transporting an animal since “it was awful; they have really bad customer service. I called several times trying to get everything I needed in place for Duke to fly and still they failed to mention their summer pet embargo where they do not take animals as cargo during the summer months.” So even though she had gone through the trouble of getting his flight in order ahead of time, she ended up having to make last minute arrangements to have him by fly air freight (cargo) instead.
Cargo- Sending your dog by air freight can be and should be a last resort. If you can’t fly with your dog, if the dog exceeds the excess baggage limit, or if it is the summer months in which most airlines will not fly with live animals, you may be stuck with sending your dog by cargo plane.
This article barely scratches the surface of traveling with your dog by air. For more in depth explanations of what to expect when shipping your dog by air, check out doglaw.hugpug.com