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In case, pets weight more than 20 lbs (9kg), they will be transported in the cargo hold (More info)

Most airlines accept pets weighing 20 lbs or less in the cabin and no more than 100 lbs in the cargo hold. Larger dogs that do not meet the requirement of the cabin will be transported in the cargo hold. Before booking your flights with a pet, it is always advised to check any seasonal restrictions the airline may have.

Brussels Airline Pet Policy

Brussels airline is welcoming towards pets and permits them to travel in the cabin, in the cargo and as checked baggage. It is of prime importance to be aware of the airlines’ specific pet policies to understand the requirements and prepare for a safe and comfortable journey for your pet(s). The transportation of your pet may be subject to availability of space, so confirming the booking is the first step of many, as are explained further.

Pet Criteria

Only dogs and cats older than 16 weeks of age are accepted to travel with Brussels Airlines. Other live animals may be transported through cargo.


Only 1 pet bag per passenger is permitted in the cabin. If the combined weight of the pet and their pet bag is less than 17 lbs (8 kg), then the pet is deemed eligible to travel in the cabin with the passenger. Up to 2 adult animals who are comfortable with each other can travel in a single carrier provided they do not exceed the weight limitation. Up to 3 pets under 6 months, from the same litter can be transported together as long as they do not exceed the weight limitations set by the airline. The soft sided and leak proof bag must be smaller than 45 inches and must fit under the seat in front of the passenger. The pet is required to be inside the bag for the duration of the flight.

Checked Baggage

Pets that fail to meet the requirements of in-cabin transportation will be transported as checked baggage. Up to two adult animals weighing not more than 30 lbs (14 kg) each can travel together in the same carrier. A maximum of three pets younger than 6 months, from the same litter can also be transported in the same carrier. The carrier’s dimensions should not be more than 21" x 14" x 15" (53 x 36 x 38cm). The carrier must be clean, leak and escape proof, adequately ventilated on three sides and supplied with food and water for the journey.


Pets who do not meet the above requirements can be transported through Lufthansa Cargo.

Emotional Support/Service Animal

Guide dogs/assistance dogs and emotional support dogs can travel in the cabin for free. They are required to occupy the space in front of the seat. They must be leashed and harnessed and should be trained to behave appropriately in public settings. Certain documents may also be required like a written confirmation of the animal’s behaviour/a letter from a licensed mental health professional stating the mental illness and the support the animal provides.

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