Please allow additional time if using shuttles to travel between the terminal, parking lots and rail station as shuttle delays are possible. Travelers should plan to arrive at the terminal 2 hours before scheduled domestic departure.

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Traveling With Animals

We understand the need for some passengers to travel with their animals. To ensure the safety and healthy of all airport guests, we remind passengers of the following rules regarding traveling with animals.

Passenger receives free face mask at Information Desk at BWI Marshall Airport.

Trained Service Animals

Trained service animals are allowed in the airport at any time. As provided for in the American with Disabilities Act and equivalent Maryland state law, a service animal is a dog (or miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.

Non-Service Animals, Including Pets

For safety and health reasons, Maryland state law requires non-service animals to be transported in a carrier while inside the main terminal.

Proximity of Working Dogs

At no time should animals accompanying airport passengers be in close proximity of a government working dog or interfere with the government working dog’s task.

Non-Travel Animals

For the safety of all airport guests, animals not traveling are not permitted inside the terminal building.

Violators Of Animal Policy

Animals and their owners are subject to warnings, citations or even possible removal from the terminal.

Animal Air Travel

Animal policies vary by airline. Passengers should contact their airline days ahead of travel to confirm animal travel fees, documentation and other airline-specific guidelines. Those receiving a shipped animal should contact their airline for pick-up instructions.

Moving Walkways and Escalators

Moving walkways and Escalators are dangerous for animals. To prevent animal injuries, animals should be carried, transported in a carrier or walked on flat surfaces. Use elevators to travel between Upper and Lower Levels.

Animal Relief Areas

BWI Marshall Airport provides 4 Animal Relief Areas. Owners are asked to clean up after their animals using the waste disposal bags and receptacles provided. Animals must be leashed when outside of a carrier while using any of the Animal Relief Areas. Seating is available in all Animal Relief Areas.

Animal Relief Area

Pre-Security: One Animal Relief Area is located prior to Concourse E on the lower level outside door #19, near the international terminal and adjacent to the Light Rail station.

Pre-Security: The second Animal Relief Area can be found in front of the Hourly Garage.

Post-Security: One is located near the end of the B/C Connector, between Security Checkpoint C and the exit to Concourse C.

Post-Security: Another Animal Relief Area is located just inside the Security Checkpoint D/E, proceed to the right towards boarding gates in Concourse D.