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Flying With Pets at SJC

Flying with pets can be both fun and scary — for you and your animal. To help make your journey a 'walk in the park', we've identified some key pointers to help you navigate our airport. Happy Tails - erm Trails! 

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Pet Relief Areas at SJC:

Animal relief areas are located both outside and inside the terminals.

Pre-security locations:

  • Outside Terminal A, north of ticketing
  • Outside Terminal A, south of parking garage
  • Outside Terminal B, north of ticketing

Post-security location:

  • Inside passenger walkway between Gates 16 and 17


SJC Airlines Allowing Animals in the Cabin:

Airlines are constantly changing their regulations regarding animals in cabins. Please contact your airline for more details.

Clearing TSA:

All pets should be brought to the security checkpoint in a hand-held travel carrier. Remove your pet from the carrier just prior to the beginning of the screening process. Place the empty travel carrier on the belt to be x-rayed. Your pet should be carried during the screening process; alternatively, your pet can walk through the process if he/she is on a leash. Once the screening process is completed, return your pet to the travel carrier at the re-composure area, away from the security checkpoint for the safety of your pet as well as other passengers.

Traveling with a service animal? You and your service dog/animal will be screened by a walk-through metal detector. You may walk through together or you may lead the animal through separately on a leash. You will undergo a pat-down if you are not screened by the walk-through metal detector. If the metal detector alarms, you and your service dog/animal will undergo additional screening, including a pat-down.

More information:


Tips and Tricks:

  • Fill up a water bowl at our water refill stations in both Terminals A and B at Gates 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 24 and 32.
  • Make a luggage tag with your contact information and your pet's name on it for your crate or carrier.