Pet travel is only permitted for passengers on PCS orders. A maximum of 2 pets per family is authorized. Due to the demand for pet travel, booking through your local Transportation Office or booking agency is recommended as early as possible. For additional information please visit our Pet Travel Page.
The Patriot Express accepts snub and pug nosed pets all year round. All pets are susceptible to the risk of heat stroke, respiratory problems, and the possibility of death during travel. The risk is increased for snub or pug nosed pets. For health and safety concerns, we recommend pet owners discuss their pet’s susceptibility to these or other complications with a veterinarian prior to air transport, and ensure your kennel has adequate ventilation. Travel is at the owner’s risk.
Seats are allocated as directed by the Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR) in order to operate Patriot Express missions and meet validated Combatant Command (CCMD) requirements. The ability to meet every passenger’s unique travel needs are limited as CCMD validations for airlift do not include requirements for pets. To assist as many members as possible, seat and pet release dates are normally published 90-120 days prior to execution to component Headquarters to ensure a fair and equitable opportunity for booking. During peak PCS season, pet spaces can book full with in the first 24 hours of mission release. It is imperative to plan as early as possible.
Pet spaces are determined by many factors including aircraft limitations, how many spaces are allowed under the contract, and oxygen availability to pets in the baggage compartment.