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How to Apply for a U.S. Passport (DS-11) for the First Time

July 7, 2020 Citizenship Travel Documents

Persons Who Apply for a U.S. Passport the First Time

An American passport is one of the tremendous benefits of U.S. citizenship. It’s affordable, practical proof of your U.S. citizenship and generally more useful than a Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization. With a passport from the United States, a traveler can visit more than 185 countries without a visa and obtain help from the local U.S. embassy during times of trouble. Once you’ve become a citizen, you’ll need to apply for a U.S. passport.

As a first-time applicant for a U.S. passport, you will need to apply in person. In fact, you must apply in person if at least one of the following statements is true:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport.
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged.
  • You are under age 16.
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16.
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

Again, if any of the above statements is true, you will not be able to apply for a U.S. passport by mail or online. You must apply in person at designated locations.

Steps to Apply for a U.S. Passport

Applying for a U.S. passport is relatively easy. If you recently naturalized as a U.S. citizen, you’ll be happy to know that passport applications are easier to prepare, quicker to process, and less expensive than the naturalization process.

Replacing Citizenship Documents

As indicated above, you’ll need original or certified physical proof of citizenship to apply for a U.S. passport. If you’ve lost the citizenship document, you’ll need to replace it before you may get a U.S. passport. If you never had a citizenship document, you may need to apply for an initial document.

U.S. Birth Certificate

U.S.-born individuals may generally contact the county or local government where the birth occurred. A local government agency (such as the county clerk) will have a process to replace a birth certificate. Fees and processing times vary by agency.

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth

Generally, a consular report of birth abroad must be obtained soon after the child’s birth. There is a process to replace a CRBA . The cost is $50, and the process may take 4-8 weeks.

Certificate of Naturalization

You must file Form N-565, Application to Replace Citizenship Document, with USCIS. The filing fee is $555 and processing times are usually 6-12 months. CitizenPath provides an N-565 preparation service (at an additional fee) to ensure your application is prepared correctly.

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Apply for a U.S. Passport for a Child

U.S. passports for children (under the age of 18) have special requirements. All children under age 16 must apply for a U.S. passport in person with two parents or guardians using Form DS-11.

Children Under Age 16

Form DS-11 Application

Additionally, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must present a government-issued photo ID AND submit documentation that lists the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child applying for a passport. Prove a parental relationship with one of the following documents:

  • U.S. birth certificate
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Adoption decree
  • Divorce/Custody decree

In summary, parent(s) or guardian(s) must prove three things when the child under age 16 applies for a U.S. passport: (1) identity of both parent(s) or guardian(s); (2) proof of parental relationship; and (3) parental consent.

Children Age 16 or 17

The requirements for children ages 16 and 17 to apply for a passport are less restrictive. At least one parent or guardian must present a government-issued photo ID and show parent awareness.

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The State Department may deny a child’s passport application if they receive written objection from one of the parents or legal guardians. Learn more about Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program .

Processing Times

Generally, the DS-11 processing time is about 4 to 6 weeks. For applicants with more immediate travel plans, expedited services are available for an additional fee. The passport processing time can be reduced to as little as 1 to 2 days.

During the initial phases of the COVID-19 recovery, the State Department has suspended most expedited processing. During phase one of the three-phase reopening plan, they will only expedite DS-11 processing for travelers with a life-or-death emergency . These applications will be processed within 72 hours.

Online Passport Application

At this time, the U.S. Department of State does not have a way to apply for a U.S. passport online. All passport applications must be printed out, signed, and submitted with original documents to the U.S. Department of State for passport processing.

Passport Renewal

Once you’ve received your initial U.S. passport, you may generally renew by mail. You’ll find the process quicker and easier. You may also use a different application, Form DS-82. In order to renew a U.S. passport by mail, all of the following statements must be true about your existing passport:

  • Is in your possession to submit with your application
  • Was issued in your current name or you can document your name change
  • Is undamaged (other than normal wear and tear)
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Was issued within the last 15 years

If any of the above statements are not true, you’ll need to use Form DS-11 and apply for a U.S. passport in person.

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Application for a New Passport Form DS-11

Form DS-11 is the application that should be submitted by U.S. citizens to obtain the following:

  • A first-time passport
  • Replacement of a lost, stolen or damaged passport
  • renewal of a passport that has been expired for more than 5 years
  • renewal of passport issued to a minor age 15 or younger

If you are completing Form DS-11, the completed, but unsigned application must be presented to an agent at a passport acceptance facility or regional agency along with required supporting documents.

The answers to the frequently asked questions below will help you understand where to get the form and how to complete it properly.

Not the form you need? Check out our complete guide to passport applications and forms . There you will find the proper documents for the type of passport application process that applies to your specific situation.

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Where can I get form DS-11?

We have made the application form available on our website in PDF format. You can  click here to open Form DS-11 . The application will open in a new window. You can complete the form and then print it.

If you prefer, you can download the new passport application to your computer and open it later. To download the document, follow the instructions provided below.

  • Right click on the link.
  • Select "Save Target As..."
  • Choose the folder where you want to save the form.
  • Click on "Save"

Download New Passport Application, Form DS-11 .

Finally, you can complete Form DS-11 online and then print it. Some applicants have reported problems with the online form. If you find that the online application will not accept some of the data you input, download the PDF version and use that.

How do I fill out the US passport application?

Instructions are included with each application. You must follow the directions very carefully. You should use black ink and write as legibly as possible when completing the application form offline. Illegible writing can lead to printing errors which would require you to apply for corrections .

You should fill out the form as completely as possible without making any false statements. The first page of the instructions makes it clear that false statements that are made knowingly and willingly on the application are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. Incomplete forms can lead to delays and/or denial of your passport.

There is nothing complicated about completing an application for a United States passport. It just takes a little time and attention to detail. The form states that you can expect to spend up to 85 minutes to complete the application. However, most people can fill it out in a lot less time.

How long does it take to process the new passport application?

The short answer is: it depends.

Currently, standard processing service is taking between 6 to 8 weeks . Add to that the fact that these estimates do not include transit time. Shipping times will vary depending on where you live and any USPS delays.

Expedited passport service is currently taking 2 to 3 weeks . Similarly, this estimate doesn't include mailing times to and from the U.S. Passport processing facility. Requesting 1-2-day mail service is highly recommended.

Note : The Department of State's processing times begin when they receive your application. The clock doesn't start when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility.

Those who need to get a new passport fast should first schedule a visit to a regional US passport agency or, in cases where this is not a possibility, employ the services of an express passport expediter .

Most experienced passport expeditors provide an email address, a toll-free telephone number, and even online assistance for travelers who make use of their services. Expediters serve as a great resource if you have any questions about completing the new passport application form. Need your passport fast?

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Thousands of Post Offices ™ accept first-time passport applications for the U.S. Department of State. Most of those locations can also take your passport photo.

  • Renewing Passports : If you answer 'Yes' to all 5 eligibility questions in the " Renew a Passport by Mail " section, mail your renewal form directly to the State Department. If you don't meet all the renewal requirements, you'll need to go to a Post Office in person and do a new, first-time passport application.
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Renewing Passports

Most people renewing a passport should mail their application directly to the State Department.

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Passports for Minors

Passports for children under 16 have special requirements. Make sure you are prepared.

Apply for a First-Time Passport

If you've never had a U.S. passport, are 16 or under, or aren't allowed to renew an existing passport by mail, you need to apply for a new passport in person at the Post Office.

Step 1: Gather Documents Early

Generally, you should apply for your new passport as soon as you know you’ll be traveling internationally—at least several months in advance. Passport processing times may vary, so be sure to check the latest State Department service estimates . First-time applicants, minors, and applicants who need a new passport but may not renew by mail may submit their passport application at the Post Office. The U.S. State Department website explains what you'll need to bring with you.

  • Application forms (unsigned)
  • Proof of identity document and a photocopy of the front and back
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship document and a photocopy of the front and back
  • Passport fees

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Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package

Visit the U.S. Department of State website to learn how to apply for a passport and what documents you need.

  • Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.
  • Print your completed application. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. A Postal employee must witness your signature.
  • Have a passport photo taken.
  • Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.
  • Post Offices accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for Post Office acceptance fees.
  • State Department fees are mailed with your application. You can pay with a personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's check, or money order, payable to "U.S. Department of State."

Get Started on Your Application

Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

Post Offices that offer passport services have set hours, and you'll need to schedule an appointment using the online Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler or a Post Office lobby self-service kiosk.

Scheduling Online

  • Go to Schedule an Appointment .
  • Choose the passport service you need, along with the number of adults and minors who need appointments.
  • You can search for appointment by location or date first. If you search by location first, you'll then be asked to choose a date and time; if you search by date first, you'll then need to choose a location and time.
  • After you choose your appointment location and time, provide your contact information, and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Click Review Appointment , then confirm your appointment.

If you need to modify or cancel your appointment, click the Manage Appointments tab and enter your confirmation number and email address or phone number.

Using a Self-Service Kiosk

  • Go to a Post Office location with lobby self-service kiosks. Find USPS Locations
  • At the self-service kiosk, touch the screen to begin, then select "Other Services," then "Passport Scheduler."
  • Choose the passport service you need, then enter the number of adults and minors who need appointments.
  • Search for Post Office locations by ZIP Code™ or City/State and choose a location.
  • Select an available appointment date and time, then agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Enter your contact information and decide if you'd like to receive SMS text notifications.
  • Review and confirm your information, then select “Schedule Appointment” to finalize.
  • Take your printed receipt listing your confirmation number and appointment details.

Step 4: Pay Passport Acceptance & Processing Fees

First-time passport applications have two types of basic fees, the application acceptance fee and the application processing fee. Passport photos and fees for faster processing are extra. Learn how to calculate fees and what you can use to pay for them.

Application Acceptance Fees – Postal Service

Pay acceptance fees in person at the Post Office. You may pay by check or money order, payable to "Postmaster," debit card, or credit card.

  • $35.00 - Post Office acceptance fee
  • $15.00 - Post Office photo fee (if needed)

Application Processing Fees – Department of State

State Department payment is sent with your application package. State Department fees are paid separately from USPS fees.

  • State Department Fees State Department passport fees vary. Calculate passport fees online .
  • Personal, certified, cashier's, or traveler's check, payable to "U.S. Department of State."
  • Money order payable to "U.S. Department of State." You can buy a money order at the Post Office with cash, a debit card, or a traveler's check. You cannot pay with a credit card.

Application Status Updates

  • Use the Online Passport Status System to check your application status if you applied by mail or in person. You may not be able to get a status update for 2 weeks after you apply or renew. During these weeks, your application and supporting documents are on their way to the Department of State. See more information about current processing times on the Department of State page " U.S. Passports ."

Renew a Passport by Mail

If you are eligible to renew your passport, please complete Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82 (see completion instructions on the form), and mail your completed renewal application directly to the State Department for processing. To verify if your passport is eligible for renewal by mail, please visit State Department Renew By Mail .

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility to Renew by Mail

A minor's passport may not be renewed by mail; to renew a minor's passport, you need to submit a new, first-time passport application in person . An adult passport may be renewed by mail if it meets certain requirements.

You can renew your adult passport by mail if you answer "Yes" to all 5 of the following statements:

Your passport:

  • Is in your possession to submit with your application.
  • Is undamaged other than normal "wear and tear."
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older.
  • Was issued within the last 15 years.
  • Was issued in your current name or you can document your name change. (Name changes are explained on Change a Passport .)

If your passport does not meet all these requirements, do not mail your renewal application. You must prepare the same application package as a first-time passport applicant.

State Department Renew by Mail

Apply early for renewals as many countries require that passports be valid for at least 6 months after you enter their country. Learn how to properly prepare your application package and include all the necessary documents so your passport is processed on time.

  • Complete your Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82 on the State Department website.
  • Print and sign your DS-82 form.
  • Have a passport photo taken. You can schedule a passport photo-only appointment at a Post Office ™ location.
  • Calculate your passport renewal fees .
  • Collect your most recent passport, completed and signed application, renewal fees, and name change documents, if needed.
  • Use an envelope large enough to fit the application without folding it.
  • TIP : Pay for Priority Mail Express ® or Priority Mail ® service and get free envelopes that are large enough to hold your application. Order easily online: Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope or Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope .
  • Address the envelope to the location for your state. See page 2 of your DS-82 form.

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Step 3: Mail Your Renewal Application

Department of State recommends using a USPS delivery tracking service to mail your renewal application.

Choose one of the following services:

  • USPS Priority Mail ® Service with Delivery Confirmation
  • USPS Priority Mail ® Service with Signature Confirmation
  • USPS Priority Mail Express ® Service (for overnight delivery requests)

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Step 4: Follow Your Application Progress

If you use a USPS delivery tracking service, go to USPS Tracking ® to see when your package is delivered.

  • With a USPS tracking service, you can see when your application arrived using the tracking number on your receipt.

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U.S. Passport Application Status

Expedited Passport Delivery

Get a new passport faster in emergencies & special cases.

If you need your passport faster for emergency travel or another special case, you can send your passport application via Priority Mail Express ® service and pay the State Department fee for faster delivery.

Life-or-Death Emergency

If you need to travel within 72 hours (3 business days) for an immediate family member who is dead, dying, or has a life-threatening illness or injury:

  • Visit the Life-or-Death Emergencies page on travel.state.gov to learn if you are eligible.
  • The State Department processes these requests by appointment only.
  • Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (3 business days) of travel.

Urgent Travel in Less than 10 Weeks

If you are traveling in less than 10 weeks, you must call the State Department Passport Agency to schedule an appointment:

  • You can call 1-877-487-2778 (1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY) to schedule an appointment.
  • Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (3 business days) of travel, and you must provide proof of travel.

Note : An extremely limited number of appointments are available for customers who are traveling internationally in the next 72 hours (3 business days), and other restrictions apply .

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Renew Your Passport Fast

If you pay an additional $60 for expedited service and mail it with Priority Mail Express , you can get your renewed passport within 10 weeks.

  • Check your eligibility under Renew Your Passport by Mail, Step 1: Check Your Eligibility to Renew by Mail .
  • Prepare your application as listed under Renew a Passport by Mail, Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package .
  • Add these special fees, both payable to the U.S. Department of State, to your regular processing fees.
  • $60.00—Expedited application processing at the State Department
  • $19.53—1- to 2-day delivery service for faster return shipping to you from the State Department
  • Clearly mark "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope.
  • Ship your application to the State Department by Priority Mail Express. Cost varies by location.
  • Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of a child's passport. The best way to give consent is for both parents/guardians to go with the child when applying.
  • Children need evidence of citizenship.
  • Parents/guardians need proof of parental relationship.
  • NOTE: Children's passports are only valid for 5 years. They are not "renewable": When a child's passport expires, you must apply for a new passport for them. When making a passport appointment for a child, please choose "New Passport Only" or "New Passport with Photo Services."

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What is the digestive system?

Why is digestion important, how does my digestive system work, how does food move through my gi tract, how does my digestive system break food into small parts my body can use, what happens to the digested food, how does my body control the digestive process, clinical trials.

The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal tract—also called the GI tract or digestive tract—and the liver , pancreas , and gallbladder. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus . The hollow organs that make up the GI tract are the mouth, esophagus , stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus. The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are the solid organs of the digestive system.

The small intestine has three parts. The first part is called the duodenum. The jejunum is in the middle and the ileum is at the end. The large intestine includes the appendix , cecum, colon , and rectum. The appendix is a finger-shaped pouch attached to the cecum. The cecum is the first part of the large intestine. The colon is next. The rectum is the end of the large intestine.

Human model showing the digestive system, which includes the mouth, salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, large and small intestines, appendix, rectum, and anus.

Bacteria in your GI tract, also called gut flora or microbiome, help with digestion . Parts of your nervous and circulatory systems also help. Working together, nerves, hormones , bacteria, blood, and the organs of your digestive system digest the foods and liquids you eat or drink each day.

Digestion is important because your body needs nutrients from food and drink to work properly and stay healthy. Proteins , fats , carbohydrates , vitamins , minerals , and water are nutrients. Your digestive system breaks nutrients into parts small enough for your body to absorb and use for energy, growth, and cell repair.

  • Proteins break into amino acids
  • Fats break into fatty acids and glycerol
  • Carbohydrates break into simple sugars

MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you meet your individual health needs .

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Each part of your digestive system helps to move food and liquid through your GI tract, break food and liquid into smaller parts, or both. Once foods are broken into small enough parts, your body can absorb and move the nutrients to where they are needed. Your large intestine absorbs water, and the waste products of digestion become stool . Nerves and hormones help control the digestive process.

The digestive process

Food moves through your GI tract by a process called peristalsis. The large, hollow organs of your GI tract contain a layer of muscle that enables their walls to move. The movement pushes food and liquid through your GI tract and mixes the contents within each organ. The muscle behind the food contracts and squeezes the food forward, while the muscle in front of the food relaxes to allow the food to move.

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Mouth. Food starts to move through your GI tract when you eat. When you swallow, your tongue pushes the food into your throat. A small flap of tissue, called the epiglottis, folds over your windpipe to prevent choking and the food passes into your esophagus.

Esophagus. Once you begin swallowing, the process becomes automatic. Your brain signals the muscles of the esophagus and peristalsis begins.

Lower esophageal sphincter. When food reaches the end of your esophagus, a ringlike muscle—called the lower esophageal sphincter —relaxes and lets food pass into your stomach. This sphincter usually stays closed to keep what’s in your stomach from flowing back into your esophagus.

Stomach. After food enters your stomach, the stomach muscles mix the food and liquid with digestive juices . The stomach slowly empties its contents, called chyme , into your small intestine.

Small intestine. The muscles of the small intestine mix food with digestive juices from the pancreas, liver, and intestine, and push the mixture forward for further digestion. The walls of the small intestine absorb water and the digested nutrients into your bloodstream. As peristalsis continues, the waste products of the digestive process move into the large intestine.

Large intestine. Waste products from the digestive process include undigested parts of food, fluid, and older cells from the lining of your GI tract. The large intestine absorbs water and changes the waste from liquid into stool. Peristalsis helps move the stool into your rectum.

Rectum. The lower end of your large intestine, the rectum, stores stool until it pushes stool out of your anus during a bowel movement .

Watch this video to see how food moves through your GI tract .

As food moves through your GI tract, your digestive organs break the food into smaller parts using:

  • motion, such as chewing, squeezing, and mixing
  • digestive juices, such as stomach acid, bile , and enzymes

Mouth. The digestive process starts in your mouth when you chew. Your salivary glands make saliva , a digestive juice, which moistens food so it moves more easily through your esophagus into your stomach. Saliva also has an enzyme that begins to break down starches in your food.

Esophagus. After you swallow, peristalsis pushes the food down your esophagus into your stomach.

Stomach. Glands in your stomach lining make stomach acid and enzymes that break down food. Muscles of your stomach mix the food with these digestive juices.

Pancreas. Your pancreas makes a digestive juice that has enzymes that break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The pancreas delivers the digestive juice to the small intestine through small tubes called ducts.

Liver. Your liver makes a digestive juice called bile that helps digest fats and some vitamins. Bile ducts carry bile from your liver to your gallbladder for storage, or to the small intestine for use.

Gallbladder. Your gallbladder stores bile between meals. When you eat, your gallbladder squeezes bile through the bile ducts into your small intestine.

Small intestine. Your small intestine makes digestive juice, which mixes with bile and pancreatic juice to complete the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Bacteria in your small intestine make some of the enzymes you need to digest carbohydrates. Your small intestine moves water from your bloodstream into your GI tract to help break down food. Your small intestine also absorbs water with other nutrients.

Large intestine. In your large intestine, more water moves from your GI tract into your bloodstream. Bacteria in your large intestine help break down remaining nutrients and make vitamin K . Waste products of digestion, including parts of food that are still too large, become stool.

The small intestine absorbs most of the nutrients in your food, and your circulatory system passes them on to other parts of your body to store or use. Special cells help absorbed nutrients cross the intestinal lining into your bloodstream. Your blood carries simple sugars, amino acids, glycerol, and some vitamins and salts to the liver. Your liver stores, processes, and delivers nutrients to the rest of your body when needed.

The lymph system , a network of vessels that carry white blood cells and a fluid called lymph throughout your body to fight infection, absorbs fatty acids and vitamins.

Your body uses sugars, amino acids, fatty acids, and glycerol to build substances you need for energy, growth, and cell repair.

Your hormones and nerves work together to help control the digestive process. Signals flow within your GI tract and back and forth from your GI tract to your brain.

Cells lining your stomach and small intestine make and release hormones that control how your digestive system works. These hormones tell your body when to make digestive juices and send signals to your brain that you are hungry or full. Your pancreas also makes hormones that are important to digestion.

You have nerves that connect your central nervous system—your brain and spinal cord—to your digestive system and control some digestive functions. For example, when you see or smell food, your brain sends a signal that causes your salivary glands to "make your mouth water" to prepare you to eat.

You also have an enteric nervous system (ENS)—nerves within the walls of your GI tract. When food stretches the walls of your GI tract, the nerves of your ENS release many different substances that speed up or delay the movement of food and the production of digestive juices. The nerves send signals to control the actions of your gut muscles to contract and relax to push food through your intestines.

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People carried pet carriers on a multicolored background.

Their love is unconditional, plus they’re cute . No, I’m not talking about kids but pets! Whether you have a dog or cat, there’s no denying the joy of having a furry friend. And since it’s fun to take a four-legged pal on a weekend getaway or day trip, it’s handy knowing the best pet carriers for travel before your next excursion.

I’ve had three cats (thus far) in my adult life, which means I’ve owned more than a few carriers. However, I, nor them, have ever really liked what we’ve had. From my perspective, some were too clunky to carry to the vet, while others looked cool but were not durable at all.

A cat in a pet carrier.

Although it can be a hassle to wrangle your pet into one, a carrier is a necessity with pet family members. They’re often needed for trips to the vet or groomers, as well as planes, trains and yes, automobiles, too.

Best Overall for Dogs: Frisco Plastic Dog & Cat Kennel

Best overall for cats: frisco two door top load plastic dog & cat kennel, best budget: elitefield soft-sided airline-approved dog & cat carrier bag, best luxury: ibiyaya jetpaw, best backpack: jespet dog & cat carrier backpack, best for cargo-hold: sport pet travel kennel dog carrier, best convertible pet carrier: snoozer pet products roll around 4-in-1 travel dog & cat carrier backpack.

  • Best Carry-On: Sherpa Delta Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

Best with Wheels: Pet Gear Happy Trails Lite No-Zip Pet Stroller

  • Best for Small Pets : Petmate Two Door Top Load Dog & Cat Kennel

Best for Large Pets: EliteField 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate

Because it only takes a mouthy lab or long-nailed Persian to teach you how important it is to select the right carrier, we spoke to Dr. Teresa Manucy, DVM veterinarian at Chewy, as well as Dr. Beth Turner from Preventive Vet to give The Post all the details about what’s the difference between hard and soft shell carriers, how to know if a carrier is TSA approved and everything in between.

“For both dogs and cats, the carrier needs to be durable, sturdy, and hard to escape from. It must also be big enough for the pet to comfortably stand and turn around in,” Dr. Turner told The Post.

“[It] should allow the pet enough room to stand, turn around, and lay down comfortably,” added Dr. Manucy.

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To learn more, jump to our FAQ below or keep reading to find the best pet carriers for travel in 2024.

Best Pet Carriers for Travel

A dog in a hardshell pet carrier.

  • Available in multiple size options
  • Has an interior mote to keep your pet dry if they have a bathroom accident
  • Airplane compliant design
  • Intermediate and larger size carriers don’t have a carry handle

For dogs leaving on a jet plane, we like the Frisco Plastic Dog & Cat Kennel. It has a mote on its interior perimeter for potty accidents. In the incident your pooch uses the bathroom, the runoff will collect there, keeping them dry and saving you the time of having to give them a bath when you arrive at your destination. The wire front door has a spring-loaded latch to keep them from bolting out the front, and the plastic is durably thick.

According to Dr. Manucy, hard shell carriers “fit medium to large dogs more comfortably,” and are a good option for “heavy chewers and pets prone to escape.” Although they can be bulky, they’re “better suited for longer travel times, and may help with longer airplane, car, or boat rides.”

Weight capacity : Up to 70 pounds (large) | Carrier dimensions: 34.625 x 25 x 26.5 inches (large)

A black and pink pet carrier that has a door in the front and one in the top.

  • Top handle for easy transport
  • Can also be used for dogs 10 pounds or less
  • The top door doesn’t stay open, which some pet owners have found challenging, especially if the cat struggles being placed inside

If you’re looking to book a flight for your cat and you, we recommend this pet carrier. Another design by Frisco, the Two Door Top Load Plastic Dog & Cat Kennel also works for smaller dog breeds, such as Chihuahuas or French bulldogs. Besides being made with 95% pre-consumer recycled plastic content, the eco-friendly carrier also has a mote to collect Fluffy’s piddle. Easy to assemble, it comes in two pieces and can be stacked for storage when not in use. While it’s always recommended to check with your airline to make sure you’ve chosen an airline-approved pet carrier, this one should be a thumbs up, as it has ventilation on all sides but nothing large enough to fit a paw or nose through. We love the top door (great for getting a kitten inside) but suggest using the front for larger, more feisty felines.

Weight capacity: Up to 10 pounds | Carrier dimension: (Extra small) 19 x 12 x 10.1 inches ; (Small) 24.05 x 16.8 x 14.5 inches

A blue soft pet carrier with accessories.

  • Side pockets for treats, pet I.D. and other essentials
  • Removable interior bed
  • Lightweight and waterproof
  • Netting can tare

As Dr. Manucy pointed out, hard shell carriers are superior in many ways when it comes to protecting your pet. However, this isn’t to say that soft shell carriers for pets don’t come with their benefits. “They are useful for shorter distances where your pet needs to be within reach,” she said.

As a cat owner (technically, she’s an Emotional Support Pet), a soft carrier works better for me. I can hold it against me with her inside, so she feels my warmth and is comforted as we travel. This one from EliteField is my favorite on our list for several reasons. To begin with, it has a shoulder strap, so it can be carried like a duffle bag. I really like this feature because I generally need to hold other things, as well as my cat, when I’m traveling. There’s bedding inside for her to be cozy but it’s also removable for hot days or if she gets motion sick. The carrier is also waterproof and has a seat belt loop and a strap to attach to luggage. The netted sides provide isolation and some visibility but if your pet is easily startled or stimulated by what’s happening outside, both of you will probably like the canvas-covered sides. It also comes in a variety of colors!

Weight capacity: Up to 18 pounds | Carrier dimensions : 17 x 9 x 12 (Small-Medium) ; 19 x 10 x 13 (Large)

On right: a dog in a carrier pet stroller; On left (top): the pet carrier extended ; On left (bottom) the pet carrier

  • Detaches into an airline-approved carrier bag
  • Can be carried within the stroller, as a backpack or as a handheld carrier
  • Expands to accommodate pet’s body length
  • Not suitable for dogs over 16 pounds

Whether you’re a jet setter or your dog likes lounging on the lap of luxury, this pet carrier is built to impress. The pet carrier with wheels has a bottom compartment to hold your personal essentials or pet toys, while the bag has an abundance of pockets for treats, a leash, and whatever pet tech device you may need on standby. Best of all, it extends, creating an almost limo-like ride ( almost ), complete with extra paw room for those who need it. The material is waterproof, too, and the stroller is collapsable, so it can easily fit in your car, beside you on the train or beneath your airplane seat. h

Weight capacity : 16 pounds | Carrier dimension: 31.5 x 20.5 x 40 inches

Blue and grey backpack pet carrier for travel.

  • Mesh panel doors provide ventilation and visibility for your pet
  • Collapsable design that is also airline-approved
  • Removable fleece interior, and padded shoulder straps
  • Mesh panels can be torn through

Carrying your pet via backpack is easier on the forearms than a traditional carrier. It also frees up your hands. This carrier from Jespet is our pick. Although it doesn’t work for medium to large dogs, it’s big enough for smaller breeds to sit upright or turn around. It also has a top opening, which is good for cats. Dr. Turner explained, “For cats, having a carrier that opens from the top or [that has a top that] can easily be removed is beneficial, as it makes placing the cat in the carrier and removing them much easier – for the cat and owner!”

The carrier’s interior has a washable fleece pad, so your pet has a comfy surface to rest on. The backpack can be positioned horizontally for car trips. Annie Wermiel, NY Post Senior Photo Editor, uses it for her cat and gives it the thumbs up.

Left: A cat in a carrier backpack; Right: A woman wearing a backpack pet carrier with a pet inside.

“This carrier is great for city-dwellers who may need to transport their pet by walking,” she said. “The backpack straps make it comfortable and easy to wear while also keeping your hands free, and the mesh panels offer plenty of breathability for your pet.”

As for keeping the carrier in pristine condition, it couldn’t be easier. “The inside is easy to wipe down in case of any ‘accidents’ and the faux shearling lining at the bottom comes out easily for washing,” Wermiel told The Post. “If you have an anxious pet, you can even turn the bag around and wear it front-facing so you can keep an eye on them through the top mesh hatch!”

Weight capacity : 16 pounds | Carrier dimension: 17 x 13 x 12 inches

A cargo style pet carrier.

  • Includes water and food dishes, plus ‘Live Animal’ stickers to place on carrier
  • Has detachable wheels
  • Large enough for pet to comfortably move around in
  • Doesn’t include a blanket or pillow

Many pet owners traveling by plane with their fur baby worry that their carrier won’t meet TSA approval. However, according to Dr. Manucy, the agency doesn’t have much to do with it.

“TSA does not approve carriers for pets,” she explained. “Your pet’s travel kennel must be made of fiberglass, metal, rigid plastic, solid wood or plywood and must have ventilation on all four sides. The interior must be completely smooth, for your pet’s safety, so they do not become injured. Welded metal mesh can be used for ventilation ‘windows’ and doors, but the holes must be small enough that your pet cannot stick their nose or toes through the openings.”

The Sport Pet Travel Kennel checks all the above boxes, plus has transport wheels, making it easier to move the carrier with your pooch inside. They also snap on and off. Best of all, the cargo-style carrier also has a protective mote and an impact-resistant poly shell for your dog’s protection.

Weight capacity : 15-43 pounds (depending on carrier size) | Carrier dimension: (Large) 31.5 x 22 x 23 ; (Extra large) 35.5 x 23.75 x 26.75

Left: A pet carrier with a long handle and wheels. Right: The pet carrier, converted into a backpack.

  • Airline approved
  • Carrier has side ventilation and pockets
  • Features a seat belt loop for car rides
  • Only available in medium, and large sizes

Different travel requires different types of carriers, which is why we like this 4-in-1 style bag. It can be used like a backpack when you need your hands free, but quickly converts to a wheeling carrier — very handy if you’re traveling by bus or have a vet that’s more than a block away from your home. Our Commerce VP, Jacqueline Goldstein, has been using hers for her very cute cat, Neptune.

“Around March 2016, I adopted two cats from  Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition . They were being surrendered from a family on the Upper West Side because someone in the household had allergies and could no longer live with the cats. The family dropped them off at my apartment themselves; [both cats were in the Snoozer carrier],” Goldstein said.

“It’s a 4-in-1, the ‘four’ here being: wheeled carrier, backpack, car seat, or pet bed. The pet bed feels a bit like a stretch for a clawless cat, but I understand where they are coming from and believe they can claim it. I’ve definitely heard Neptune snoring in there.”

Left: a cat in a red pet cat carrier; Right: A cat in a red cat carrier, placed in a living room setting.

Goldstein loves the design of the pet carrier, especially its mesh walls, straps, and size. “[Neptune] can sit up, lie down, and easily adjust her position,” she told The Post. “I love the pockets (I usually put treats in there), and I also love how the carrier can open at the top or bottom. The backpack straps are huge for me. When going back and forth from Brooklyn to upstate, we tend to bring a ton of stuff with us, so free hands are a must.”

Although life has changed since bringing the Snoozer into her home (one of her cats passed away and she purchased a second house upstate), the carrier has remained as reliable as ever, making it a must-consider in our book.

“Neptune is probably among the top feline travelers in the country because we bring her with us every time we go,” Goldstein said. “She typically hides when she sees the signs that we will be putting her in the carrier, but she’s gotten very used to getting in there, immediately settling into the Snoozer. She barely even protest-meows at all now. I love knowing that she is comfortable and safe in a convenient and flexible traveler.”

Weight capacity : Up to 30 pounds | Carrier dimension: (Medium) 14 x 11 x 20 inches; (Large) 15.5 x 12.25 x 23 inches

Best for Short Trips: Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

A black soft shell pet carrier

  • Machine-washable faux lambskin liner
  • Has a compressible frame and removable wooden base wrapped in waterproof liner
  • Multiple strap options for a more comfortable carry
  • Savvy pets may figure out how to undo the zipper

Even if this soft carrier didn’t come recommended by one of our NY Post staff members, we’d still include it in our list. Look at all the happy pets enjoying it in the Chewy reviews section — too cute! Sweetness aside, the bag has several features that make it a winner, starting with its cozy faux lambskin liner. It’s wrapped around a wooden board for better stability, too, so your pet won’t feel like it’s sinking into the bottom. There’s ventilation on all sides, two points of entry, plus the strap is thicker than other carriers we’ve reviewed. What does that mean for you? Nothing, except an easier carrying experience. Instead of digging the strap out of your arm, you’ll be able to focus on keeping your cat or dog steady and anxiety-free. Although there’s no mote (that’s a feature found in hard shell carriers), the liner is washable. The bag can also be collapsed for when it’s not in use. And according to the NY Post staff member who owns it, it’s light and easy to travel with.

“The Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Carrier Bag is basically your standard soft-sided carrier, which we use to carry our smaller cat, Morris, to the vet or family visits,” he said. “It’s lightweight, and the shoulder strap is so helpful when hauling a second cat or luggage. The one thing to [note] is that our other (craftier) cat did manage to figure out how to undo the top zipper from the inside, so that’s one thing to keep in mind.”

Weight capacity : 16 pounds (for medium carrier), 22 pounds (for large carrier)| Carrier dimension: (Medium size) 17 x 11 x 10.5 inches, (Large size) 19 x 11.75 x 11.5 inches

Best Carry-On: Sherpa Delta Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag (Medium)

Left: A black soft shell pet carrier from two different angles; Right: A woman carrying a cat in the pet carrier.

  • Top and front entry
  • Padded interior
  • Shoulder strap is on the thinner side.

If you have a cat or small dog, carrying your pet on the flight may be an option.

“The airlines determine that a carrier must be small enough to fit under a standard airplane seat,” said Dr. Manucy. “The size should generally not exceed 45 linear inches (length plus width plus height), or roughly 21.5 by 15.5 by 9 inches. Depending on the airline, carrier size limits may be even smaller.”

This soft shell carrier from Sherpa not only meets those size requirements but has some additional features to keep your pet (and you) comfortable. The padded strap, for example, is easier to carry on your shoulder, while inside features a faux lambskin liner. It’s non-allergenic. machine-washable and should keep pets cozy for the duration of the flight. Best of all, this pet carrier is part of the Guaranteed on Board Program .

Weight capacity : 16 pounds | Carrier dimension: 18 x 11 x 10.5 inches

Left: A pet carrier stroller in the color purple' Right: A dog inside the pet carrier stroller.

  • Canopy has an easy lock to keep pet from jumping out
  • Stroller has front shock absorbers and rear safety breaks
  • Foldable design
  • Carrier doesn’t include a blanket or bedding

Need to make a grocery run but can’t leave your dog at home? This stroller-style pick is for you. This is one of the best pet carriers with wheels for travel, and hundreds of Chewy customers agree with me. For you, it has cup holders and a large bottom basket to place groceries, books, and whatever else you’re carting. For your pooch, the carriage is roomy enough to sit tall or lay down, plus its netted canopy lets them see the sights of the city.

Weight capacity : 25 pounds | Carrier dimension: 22 x 10 x 19 inches; Stroller height to handle: 40 inches

Best for Small Pets: Petmate Two Door Top Load Dog & Cat Kennel

A hard shell cat carrier in the colors black and white.

  • Latched steel front
  • Top and front access
  • Ventilation on all four sides

This pet carrier may not come with fancy features but it has everything needed to keep your pet safe. It’s made of plastic, metal, and stainless steel for durability, plus it has dual entryways. “Nervous pets or ones that chew or scratch should not use soft-sided carriers as they may allow an escape route if the shell is damaged,” said Dr. Manucy. “They can be more difficult to clean and may provide less protection from bumps or falls.”

To make your pet feel cozier, we suggest adding the Pawtect Blanket ($15) or something similar to the carrier’s bottom.

Weight capacity : 10 pounds | Carrier dimension: 19.4 x 12.8 x 10 inches

A blue soft pet carrier in multiple stages of collapse.

  • Front and side doors with locking zippers
  • Space-saving design
  • Comes with a fleece bed and carrying case
  • Overall, the reviews for this pet carrier are positive. However, several customers mention having issues with the top zipper

While hard shell carriers are the safest, soft shell carriers can work for short trips, like to the vet. For larger dogs, we like this collapsible option from EliteField. It offers multiple points of entry for your pet to choose from and also comes with a fleece bed for them to rest on during transit. The mesh side panels provide proper ventilation and visibility. Deep side pockets are ideal for storing toys, treats, or a leash, plus the carrier is available in a variety of sizes and colors.

Weight capacity : 17 pounds | Carrier dimension: 42 x 28 x 32 inches

Best Bag: Katziela Luxury Lorry Pro Removable Wheels and Double Telescopic Handle Dog and Cat Carrier

A black and red pet lorry style carrier.

  • Includes pet bed and safety leash
  • Front and back pockets
  • Comfort strap handle
  • Mesh panels may not be suitable for mouthy pets

We love the versatility of this carrier from Katziela. It’s not just its wheels that we dig, but the fact they’re detachable so that the carrier converts into a bag when needed. Your pet will love the bed — removable and washable, FYI — and the mesh sides allow enough air to get in.

Weight capacity : 22 pounds | Carrier dimension: 19 x 13 x 15 inches

Best Bike: Retrospec Rover Waggin Dog & Cat Bike Trailer

A yellow pet carrier that attaches to a bike.

  • Carrier has enough room for dog to sit up
  • Available with most bikes, including coupler bikes
  • Weather resistant canopy
  • Only available in one size

I’m constantly seeing this bike trailer pet carrier when I’m jogging. The bikers look happy and so do their pets. And I’m guessing it’s not just that both like feeling the wind in their hair but how easy the carrier makes it to travel together. It’s foldable and has a leash for extra security, plus the canopy is made with weather-resistant material and provides 360 views for your pooch.

Weight capacity: Up to 50 pounds | Carrier dimensions : 32 x 20 x 20 inches

Best for Multiple Cats: Sport Pet Cat Carrier

Two cats inside a triangle shaped pet carrier.

  • Large entry
  • Collapsible for storage
  • Removable door
  • Doesn’t include a pet bed or liner
  • On the heavier side

Carrying two carries can be a pain, so we wanted to include an option that works for dual fur baby households. While it may not work well for large breeds, it has plenty of room for kittens and small adult cats. Featuring a large entryway, the carrier will seem more inviting to the skittish. Although it doesn’t come with bedding, a fluffy bath towel should do the trick, and the plastic material is very easy to wipe down. One of our NY Post staff members uses this for his cat Oyster.

“The Sport Pet Cat Carrier has been our household’s go-to for our larger-size [cat], Oyster, with plenty of space for him to scoot around, as well as gaps we can fit a finger through to gently pet and calm him down at vet visits,” he said. “It’s quick and easy to snap together, and when collapsed, takes up minimal storage space in our apartment. It is a little bulky, and the plastic material is unsurprisingly a little heavier than soft-sides cases we’ve used before.”

Weight capacity: 35 pounds | Carrier dimensions : 18.75 x 23.13 x 17.25 inches

What are some things pet owners can do to make traveling with a pet easier?

“All pets should be examined by their veterinarian prior to travel to be sure they are in good health, especially those with known medical issues,” said Dr. Turner, who also suggested looking into medications or supplements for motion sickness.

“Starting the pet on probiotics about 4 to 6 weeks before travel can provide several benefits, such as easing anxiety, calming the gut, and boosting their immune system.”

Don’t forget to pack food, especially if your pet has a specialized diet. Although it may be tempting to “just pick something up” when you land, switching up your animal’s diet is not a great idea, “especially when the pet is already stressed from travel.”

If it’s not possible to bring it on the plane, online pet stores , such as Chewy, can have food shipped to your destination. This is who I’ve used for one of my cat’s who has a special diet prescribed by her vet.

Like people, it’s important to make sure your pet has all their documents in order before travel. “Be sure your pet is wearing proper identification and has updated microchip information,” said Dr. Manucy. “Keep a photograph of your pet with you, along with their vaccination records and pertinent medical information.”

Your travel type will dictate other best practices when traveling with a pet. For flying, try to go direct to avoid layovers. “Attach a small pouch of dry food to the outside of the carrier to offer during a layover,” she said. “Consider freezing a shallow bowl of water the night before to reduce spillage as it slowly melts in the carrier. For pets in cargo, mark the carrier with the words ‘Live Animal,’ as well as with your name, cell phone and destination phone number, and a photo of your pet.”

Make sure the carrier is secure but not locked, so airline personnel can reach your pet in case of an emergency. Attaching a list of care instructions is also wise. “This will help airport workers care for your pet if they are sent to the wrong destination.”

Similarly, Dr. Turner recommended keeping an emergency contact listed on the carrier, in the event of an accident. If you’re driving with your pet, plan breaks for them to relieve themselves and get some exercise.

“Be sure to stop every couple of hours so that dogs can stretch their legs and potty. Be sure to keep them on a leash. If a cat is leash-trained and calm, stopping in an area away from other people and pets can be beneficial. But for cats that are not harness trained or are stressed, it is often easier for them to be kept in the carrier till reaching a place to stay. For these types of cats, this is where an oversized hard-shell canine carrier is beneficial as you can put the litter box in the carrier.”

Manucy added, “When driving, avoid feeding your pet while in a moving vehicle to avoid motion sickness. Offer a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Use bottled water to prevent stomach discomfort from unfamiliar water sources. Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle to avoid temperature extremes that can cause illness quickly.”

Don’t forget to look up emergency veterinary hospitals on route to your destination. Also, know where the local animal clinic is located at wherever you’re going to.

Animals need reassurance and comfort while traveling. FELIWAY Classic Calming Spray ($20), is something I’ve used with my cat for trips to the vet. I spray a little on her cat bed before placing it in her carrier, and she’s visibly less anxious.

Natrumax Solliquin Calming Support Chews ($20) is another natural way to calm scared kitties, as well as dogs. It’s given like a treat and has soothing ingredients, such as L-theanine and magnolia extract, that calm the nerves. CBD for dogs may also be an option, but make sure to check with your vet, since it’s important to get their thumbs up before introducing a new supplement to your pet.

What should I look for when selecting a pet carrier for travel?

It’s easy to get sucked in by all the fun-looking carriers on the market. However, it’s important to remember that carriers are about keeping your cat or dog safe while traveling.

“Pet carriers should be selected based on the frequency of use, intended mode of travel, the pet’s personality, and the size of the pet to help determine the ideal type of carrier,” said Dr. Manucy. “Dog carriers may range from crates to hard shell and soft shell carriers based on the dog’s weight and method of transport. Due to their smaller sizes, cat carriers typically include hard shell, soft shell, and wearable carriers.”

“For dogs that are anxious or tend to chew, a hard-shelled carrier is more secure and safe,” said Dr. Turner. If you’re searching for a carrier for a cat, she suggests looking for one that includes a top opening.

The Frisco Plastic Dog & Cat Kennel earned our top spot for best pet carrier for dogs, mainly because it provides a nice amount for an animal to move in. Its protective hard shell has four-wall ventilation, plus the interior has a mote — just in case your dog goes number one.

Our pick for kitties, the Frisco Two Door Top Load Plastic Dog & Cat Kennel , also works for dogs, as long as they’re on the smaller side. More importantly, it has a top opening, as well as a latching front gate. This makes it easier to get your pet in.

 Is a soft or hard pet carrier better?

The type of travel you’re looking to do will help you decide the best carrier for your pet. For shorter trips with smaller pets, go for a soft carrier.

“Soft shell carriers are better suited for cats and small to medium dogs as well as pets that are used to traveling,” Dr. Manucy told The Post. “These carriers are lightweight, flexible, easier to carry, store or stow, and are more comfortable for the pet. They are useful for shorter distances where your pet needs to be within reach.”

When traveling long distances with a larger animal, a hard shell is better, as it offers the type of protection they’ll need on a boat or plane. However, they’re not as comfortable as a soft carrier, so add a bed to the bottom.

We suggest something like the MidWest Quiet Time Crate Dog Crate Mat ( $37 , $34). It has a non-skid bottom, is plush as can be, and can be thrown into the wash whenever necessary. It’s also available in multiple sizes, so you can find the best fit for your pet carrier.

What size is a TSA-approved pet carrier?

If you’re planning on flying with your pet, boarding issues can be minimized by selecting the right carrier.

“Each airline has its own regulations with regard to pet policies,” said Dr. Turner. “Most require a soft-sided carrier that falls within these dimensions:18 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 11 inches high. However, it is always recommended that you check your airline’s requirements prior to travel.”

Visiting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is another way to tell if a pet carrier is airline approved, though it’s still encouraged to contact the airline you are flying with. “If your pet will be flying in the cargo hold, you must use a carrier that meets U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) specifications,” explained Dr. Manucy.

Considering your pet’s size will also help you know if you’ll need to purchase a cargo style kennel or can use a soft carrier. “Generally speaking, if your pet’s weight exceeds 15 pounds or is more than 19 inches long, it likely will be too large to fit into an airline-compliant carrier.”

What carrier does TSA require for pets?

Again, it is not TSA that approves pet carriers but airlines. However, TSA does have its own requirements to travel with your cat or dog.

“TSA requires that your pet be removed from the carrier in order for the carrier to pass through the X-ray machine and so that a visual and/or physical inspection can be performed,” Dr. Turner explained. “While out of the carrier, your pet needs to have on a collar or harness, and it needs to be attached to a leash. However, remove the leash and collar if there is any metal when going through the metal detector.”

Although it can seem daunting, once you know the general guidelines, picking the best pet carrier for travel is relatively simple. In the end, it’s all about finding one that keeps your animal safe and comfortable.

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A Bloomington veteran of World War II joined other veterans and President Joe Biden at the official ceremony recognizing the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.

Les Schrenk attended the event at the Normandy American Cemetery as part of an experience sponsored by Old Glory Honor Flight and American Airlines. For Schrenk, who's also a Long Prairie, Minn. native, the trip represents a poignant opportunity to honor veterans of this signature battle and the overall war.

“Well that was where the beginning of the end started,” Schrenk reflected two weeks ago from his current home at Friendship Village of Bloomington, where he alternates between water aerobics and coffee conversations.

He added: “Every one of us did a little part to win the war.”

Indeed, Schrenk, who says he’s now “a hundred years and six months” old, has more than played his part from the day he joined the military on his 19th birthday in November 1942.

‘I had a good idea that a lot of people weren’t coming back home’

Schrenk’s decision to join the military amid a raging war wasn’t well received on his family’s Long Prairie dairy farm. Already, his older brother was serving in the U.S. Air Force as a waist gunner on a B-24 in the Pacific.

“My mother and father tried to talk me out of it. But they weren’t successful,” Schrenk recalled about that fateful decision.

“I had a very good idea that a lot of people weren’t coming back home,” Schrenk said, adding, “But I promised my mother I would.”

Schrenk was delighted when he, too, was “assigned” to the U.S. Air Force. And he was also delighted when a B-17 pilot chose Schrenk to be part of his 10-man crew. Later, he learned “the only position left open was for the ball turret” – a position that called for him to sit in a small, separate space with two “massive machine guns” that would help ward off enemy planes.

Schrenk expounded on what was “by far the most dangerous” position within the plane: “It’s very, very crowded – your head [is] almost between your knees,” he said, adding: “You are outside the plane, and [if] you’re shot down, you have to first get inside the plane before you can bail out. And not only that, it’s so crowded in that turret you couldn’t wear your parachute. You had to leave your parachute in the plane.”

On Feb. 22, 1944, Schrenk’s plane – the Pot O’ Gold – was returning from a mission with other B-17 airplanes when enemy planes attacked the squadron.

“I saw the plane just to the right of us get hit and crash into the ocean. And about two minutes later, there was a real loud explosion,” Schrenk said about the moment a German pilot hit the plane.

Schrenk recalled seeing and hearing: “flames about 20 or 30 feet long, and there is one explosion after another.”

Miraculously, the German plane didn’t continue firing, which allowed the Pot O’ Gold to make it to land. Schrenk recalls how the crew then “all bailed out” of the plane.

“That 20 minutes that we were on fire actually saved my life. Because during that time we were on our way down – and no use being in the turret – so I got permission to leave the turret, and I had ample time to put my parachute on,” Schrenk said, adding, “If not for that, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Of the four planes shot down on that day – with a total of 40 men on board – only nine of the men survived. And those nine were from Schrenk’s crew. The only person who didn’t survive on that day was his dear friend, the pilot, William R. Lavies of Birmingham, Ala.

“[Lavies] had the misfortune of landing in a frozen lake. He broke through the ice. He was calling out for help. There was some Danish people (who) wanted to rescue him, but the Germans wouldn’t allow it,” Schrenk said about the fate of a friend, who “was like a brother to me… In fact, I say a prayer for him every night.”

The other nine crewmates were soon rounded up by the Germans, Schrenk said, which officially started their experience of being American POWs.

‘Interrogation was horrible’

For the next 15 months, the crew would endure starvation, beatings and disease as they were moved from prison camp to prison camp, all within Eastern Europe.

Schrenk recalled listening to the suffering of other service members before he experienced the interrogation for himself.

“In the background, you had screaming. You heard cursing, you heard begging for mercy. You heard every horrible sound you could hear and even occasional gunshots,” he said.

But Schrenk persisted – despite those beatings, disease and starvation – in part, he says, because of the fortitude of his fellow POWs.

“They knew we hadn’t had water for four or five days, and they were throwing water at us and just taunting us,” Schrenk said about his arrival to one of the camps, before he added: “And all of a sudden, a prisoner started singing ‘God Bless America,’ and we all chimed in and oh, that just absolutely infuriated the Germans.”

Schrenk also persisted by writing poetry as a prisoner: He seized the chance to document his feelings with a stub of a pencil and under low light.

But perhaps most of all, Schrenk believes he persisted because he was determined to keep his promise.

“Pure will. Remember, I promised my mother I’d come back,” Schrenk said about how he survived those long months of imprisonment.

In May 1945 – and after enduring months of a Death March – a unit of English soldiers approached Schrenk and his fellow prisoners to inform them they’d been liberated. But Schrenk still had to wait until July 30, 1945, to return home and finally fulfill his promise.

“Oh, she was just elated. It was middle of thrashing time,” Schrenk said about his mother.

He then added: “That’s the key to everything is don’t give up.”

Life after World War II

Upon his return to Minnesota, Schrenk remained determined to live, work, even build his own family. He married Bernice, his wife of 75 years on May 17, 1948. Bernice and Les had one daughter, Virginia. And while the family was busy with careers and travel – living primarily in Edina, Minn. – Schrenk also managed to research more about his own military history and that of other members of The Greatest Generation.

In 2008, a documentary crew followed Schrenk as he visited his plane’s crash site in Denmark and found the actual data plate from the “Pot O’ Gold.” Schrenk calls that discovery “the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.”

And Schrenk also managed to meet the very German pilot – Hans Hermann Müller – who’d shot the American plane but chose to not keep firing, giving Schrenk’s crew a chance to survive.

“We’d turned back away from the formation. We were no longer much of a threat to him. He could’ve just kept on shooting at us, and just let us die in the ocean. He didn’t do that,” Schrenk recalled before he recounted Müller’s own words about his fateful decision that day: “He said, ‘I knew you were already out of the war, so I quit firing. Why should I?’”

And Schrenk’s passion to learn more about other battles and those who fought them hasn’t subsided. Which brings us back to the opportunity to travel to Normandy, France.

‘It’s a wonderful feeling’

Schrenk himself was not involved in the D-Day invasion. He was instead still being held as a POW elsewhere in Europe. But Schrenk welcomed the opportunity to honor the anniversary of the war’s turning point. And he also welcomed the opportunity to connect with fellow WWII veterans.

“It’s a wonderful feeling. Everybody has their own story. Everybody has, it’s wonderful,” Schrenk said.

Schrenk’s wife, Bernice, passed away just last year. His daughter, Virginia, died of cancer in 2018. But fortunately for Schrenk, he’s found a new sister within the military family: Mary Jo Rohrbacher – herself a 20-year veteran and retired master sergeant – joined Schrenk as his travel companion on the trip to Normandy.

Rohrbacher shared pictures of Schrenk’s historic visit and experience at the D-Day ceremony, including when he met U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips (D- MN, 3rd District) and one of the last living Tuskegee Airmen.

Rohrbacher said the day was "indescribable," as Schrenk also maintained his humor, charm and energy.

As for Schrenk, he predicted weeks ago the day – and opportunity to honor a pivotal moment of our collective past – would be profound.

“I like to relive the past,” Schrenk said about how he believes in reflecting, researching and remembering.

He added: “It’s part of history, and I think trying to keep history alive is very important.”

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Caitlin Clark , the WNBA rookie sensation and all-time college scoring leader, is set to be left home when the U.S. national team travels to the Paris Olympics , a source familiar with the decision told NBC News on Saturday.

The formal announcement of Team USA’s roster has not been made, but the squad headed to the international competition will include 12 veterans, the source said.

The roster is set to include such WNBA stars as Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner , Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson and New York Liberty forward Breanna Stewart, the source told NBC News.

“We have not made any official announcement yet,” a Team USA spokesperson said.

The decision about Clark’s absence was first reported by T he Athletic .

Clark is coming off her best game yet in her short pro career, pouring in 30 points and sinking seven 3-pointers in the Indiana Fever’s 85-83 win at the Washington Mystics on Friday.

She was named the WNBA’s rookie of the month for May, though her time in the league hasn’t been completely smooth so far.

Her long-range shooting has been inconsistent, with her making 32.7% of her 3-point attempts against a league average of 32.6%.

She’s been plagued by an average of more than five turnovers per game for a total of 67 giveaways, the most in the league.

So her absence from a Team USA roster that’ll be seeking an eighth consecutive gold medal for America can certainly be justified from a pure on-the-court standpoint.

But by leaving Clark at home, USA Basketball is passing on an opportunity to add additional buzz to the competition.

Her mere presence in the WNBA has transformed the league into a hot ticket and must-see TV .

Teams have been moving to larger arenas when Indiana visits to accommodate new fans eager to spend their money on WNBA games.

Squads are even flying charter this season , a perk long sought by players that has finally come in this time of explosive growth in the women’s game.

Clark was the WNBA ’ s overall No. 1 pick back in April , coming off a four-year University of Iowa career in which she scored a record 3,951 points .

The two-time national player of the year led the Hawkeyes to consecutive NCAA championship games .

Rookies have been on past Olympic squads.

The 2016 team that went to Rio included Stewart, then in her first year with the Seattle Storm and fresh off her award-filled career at the University of Connecticut .

The 2008 team that competed in Beijing included then first-year WNBA players Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles .

While Clark’s legion of fans may be disappointed with this decision, she’s far from the only top WNBA player who didn’t make the Olympic squad.

The roster is expected to be Wilson, Stewart, Griner, Diana Taurasi, Alyssa Thomas, Napheesa Collier, Jewell Loyd, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Sabrina Ionescu, Chelsea Gray and Kahleah Copper, the source told NBC News.

That group also did not include Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale , the Milwaukee native who is second in the league in scoring at 26.6 points per game.

Los Angeles Sparks forward and Georgia native Dearica Hamby was also left off Team USA even though she’s the WNBA’s fifth-highest scorer at 20.6 points per game.

If Clark ends up not going to Paris, her next Olympic opportunity would come in 2028 when she’ll be 26 and possibly headed to Los Angeles.

Team USA ’ s first game in the upcoming Olympics is set for July 29 against Japan, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. ET in Lille, France.

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Retired soldier travels to Normandy for D-Day tributes in honor of veteran who died before trip

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- As the 80th commemoration of D-Day approaches on June 6 a group of veterans in the 82nd Airborne traveled to Normandy for a series of tributes and celebrations.

One North Carolina soldier who flew to France is honoring a best friend and veteran who died before the trip. Retired Lt. Col. Dale Cremisio of the 82nd Airborne said he wasn't even sure if the trip was going to happen.

For months, he planned to go with his best friend, Col. Sam Kitchen, a 98-year-old World War II veteran from Gray's Creek.

"I can't emphasize enough how we sat there many, many an evening and discussed coming to Normandy, and what we're gonna do and who we were gonna see and the history," Cremisio said.

The two were supposed to travel together on a group trip organized by a French-run organization called Veterans Back to Normandy. Cremisio said they looked forward to seeing Normandy with other veterans from the 82nd Airborne, some as old as 107.

Kitchen died just weeks before they were scheduled to fly to France.

Colonel Sam Kitchen (Center), Photo credit: Retired Lieutenant Colonel Dale Cremisio

Now in France, Cremisio followed through with the trip in honor of his friend.

"I'm proud and happy to be here, and it's a trip of a lifetime. But I sure wish I sure wish old Sam was here with me," Cremisio said.

Cremisio said he didn't join the service until the late 1970s. But he said traveling to Normandy meant everything to his best friend because Kitchen was in the Marine Corps' Pacific Theater when D-Day happened.

Cremisio said he hopes to bury a trinket for his friend at the beach in his honor. He said he's been moved by the warmth and pride the people of Normandy have shown him and his fellow veterans.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Dale Cremisio

"(I)t renewed my faith not only in my country but in humanity itself," Cremisio said.

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The D-Day operation on June 6, 1944, is seen as the event that was the beginning of the end of World War II. By land, air and sea, the U.S. military and its allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest invasion in military history to begin a massive assault against German forces.

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  • Payable to Department of State 0.00
  • Execution Fee $ 35.00
  • Payable to Department of State

3. Complete & Print Forms

Ds-11: application for u.s. passport.

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please see Children Under 16 .

4. Submit Your Application in Person

Applicants must apply in person at a Passport Agency .

Applicants must apply in person at an Acceptance Facility .

Applicants must apply in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate .

  • Form DS-64, completed but not signed

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please see  Children Under 16 .

DS-64: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport

For detailed instructions on how to report a passport lost or stolen, please see Lost or Stolen Passports .

Passport applications for minors ages 16 and 17 must be submitted in person at your nearest . The minor must be present. It is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with the minor. If a parent is not available, see parental awareness for other documents that may be submitted with the application.

  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship
  • Photocopy of evidence of U.S. citizenship
  • Evidence of parental awareness
  • Photocopy of photo ID

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please see  Applicants Age 16 and 17 .

For detailed instructions on how to report a passport lost or stolen, please see  Lost or Stolen Passports .

Form DS-82 may be submitted by mail to the address on the form.

  • Form DS-82, completed and signed
  • Most recent U.S. passport ( submit both your valid book and card if renewing both documents )
  • If changing your name, certified copy of your legal name change document

DS-82: U.S. Passport Renewal for Eligible Individuals

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please see  Apply for a Passport in Person .

  • Form DS-5504, completed and signed
  • Previous U.S. passport
  • Evidence of your correct information

DS-5504: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement Form

For detailed instructions on how to change or correct your passport, please see  Change or Correct a Passport .

  • Any additional documents required in the letter you received when you got your limited U.S. passport

For detailed instructions on how to replace a limited validity passport, see Replacing a Limited Validity Passport .

You may submit Form DS-82 by mail to the address on the form. You may be eligible to submit Form DS-82 online, by mail, or in person.

  • Most recent U.S. passport. Note : if renewing by mail or in person, send us your most recent passport. If renewing online, keep your most recent passport.  
  • If changing your name, certified copy of your legal name change document. Note : you must renew by mail or in person if you are changing your name. You cannot renew online at this time. 

3. Submit Your Application

Have questions?  Renew by Mail  or Renew Online

All applicants applying outside of the United States should apply in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. For more information on applying for a U.S. Passport while outside the United States, please click here .

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