A service animal means a dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability or other similar medical condition. Animal species other than dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companionship animals, and service animals in training are not service animals.
The following service animals will be considered as service animals, provided that the accreditation proving their condition as such is submitted:
- Guide dogs, that means a dog that has been specially trained to guide a blind or visually impaired person.
- Signal dogs, that means any dog trained to assist a deaf or hearing-impaired person by signalling the occurrence of certain sounds, and its provenance.
- Medical assistance dogs, that means any dog trained to mitigate a variety of medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy or other medical conditions leading to loss of consciousness.
- Service dogs for individuals with a physical disability or individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
- Search and rescue dogs fully trained to find missing people after a disaster, accompanying rescue teams, wearing the appropriate harnesses and traveling without occupying a seat.
To begin the process needed to bring your service animal along, you will need to contact our Customer Service at least 48 hours before the flight's departure, or inmediately if you are booking less than 48 hours in advance.
Where will my service animal fly?
You may travel with your service animal on your lap or within your foot space on the aircraft free of charge. The animal may not encroach on another passenger's space.
Service animals must have the relevant supporting documentation. In addition, all documents showing compliance with the customs and health requirements of the countries of transit and destination must be presented before boarding. If evidences are not provided, then the carriage of the animal will be subject to the same conditions required for the carriage of pet animals.
The following forms must be submitted on flights to or from the United States:
- The completed U.S. DOT Service Animal Air Travel Form for validation prior to flight stating the health, training and behaviour of the animal.
- For scheduled flights of 8 hours or more, you must also submit a completed U.S. DOT Relief Attestation Form stating that the dog will not relieve itself in the airport or on the aircraft, or that the animal can relieve itself in a manner that does not create a health or sanitary problem on the flight.
For an assistance dog or a guide dog to travel with the customer in the passenger cabin on United Kingdom routes, the following must be met:
- The dog must be trained to assist the customer with a disability or medical condition by way of specific tasks and assessed as suitable for those purposes by an accredited member of ADI (Assistance Dogs International) or IGDF (International Guide Dog Federation) to comply with the requirements of the United Kingdom Government, specifically the APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency), or the guide dog user certificate issued by ONCE (Spanish National Organization of the Blind). The customer must proof the membership of the body that trained the animal.
- The dog must have had behavioural training and show appropriatebehaviour in public and onboard an UX aeroplane. The customer must proof such training.
- The dog must wear an identifying harness or similar. The animal must wear a suitable harness to have the animal secured on board.
- On flights to United Kingdom, the customer shall:
- Carry out previous arrangements with DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs).
- Have contacted and received approval (after verifying that the animal meet all requirements of the Pet travel scheme set by the United Kingdom Government) from the United Kingdom animal reception centre at least 72 hours before flight. The customer must present the pre-approval letter before boarding a flight to United Kingdom.
- Assistance dogs or guide dogs not meeting any of the requirements above shall not be accepted.