Atlanta, GA (written by Nancy Trejos/USA Today) -- Traveling with your pet is getting more complicated.
As of last month, Delta Air Lines is no longer carrying pets as cargo or checked baggage on any Boeing 767 flights, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The carrier said it has contacted customers to offer alternatives such as transferring them to airline partners that can accommodate their pets. Delta has about 95 Boeing 767s in its fleet of 800, the paper reported.
The reason for the change: Delta is placing bunks beneath the passenger cabin of the aircraft to allow international flight crew to rest. That limits the amount of space in the cargo hold.
Delta has made other changes to its pet policies in recent months, according to the paper. Among them:
As of February, Delta is banning pets in the cabin in international business class in order to make room for new lie-flat seats.
Delta banned snub-nosed dogs and cats as checked baggage after the deaths of a few bulldogs and similar breeds late last year.
Delta will generally not carry pets as checked baggage from May 15 through Sept. 15, or anytime when the outside temperature is above 85 degrees or below 10 degrees on the ground.
Other carriers have also modified their pet policies following a number of high-profile pet deaths. And last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation weighed in on the issue, proposing new procedures such as requiring airlines to report all pet incidents.