Flying from Kearney

Kearney has one airline, Denver Air Connection, providing daily, non-stop jet service to Denver International Airport. This service, coupled with their Interline agreements with American and United Airlines, connects travelers to the world with streamlined reservations and hassle-free travel.

Denver Air Connection has an Interline Agreements with American Airlines and United Airlines. An Interline Agreement is a commercial agreement between airlines to benefit passengers and provide a seamless travel experience. This Interline Agreement not only allows customers and communities to search, book and purchase tickets on United’s web site,, but also facilitates baggage transfers and thru‐checks to and from any of United’s 500 destinations in over 30 countries. No more baggage and security hassles.

View the Denver International Airport map here.

Denver International Airport website.

Check In

DAC Check-in Counter

Check-In Policy:

We request that you arrive 90 minutes prior to your flight, but no later than 1 hour prior to your departure time.

Check-in will close 45 minutes prior to departure time, to allow sufficient time for TSA screening. The TSA requires 45 minutes to complete the screening process for checked baggage. Passengers who have not checked in at least 45 minutes prior to departure will be unable to board the flight. Passengers arriving at the 45-minute cutoff may not have enough time to complete the screening process and will be unable to board the flight if the screening process cannot be completed. No refunds will be given for missed flights due to late check-in.

Online Check-in
Please Note: you will still need to see an agent to verify your documents.

Ticket counter check-in
If you just need some extra help with the check-in process on the date of departure our customer service agents are always available to help get you going with an in-person check-in. Please note, check baggage is accepted beginning 90 minutes before, but not later than 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.

Minimum check-in time:

  • 45 minutes prior to departure | Customer is traveling domestically without checked baggage
  • 45 minutes prior to departure | Customer is traveling domestically with checked baggage
  • 90 minutes prior to departure | Customer is traveling internationally with or without checked luggage


Check-Baggage Screening:

  • Opens 90 minutes before departure
  • Closes 45 minutes before departure

Keep your photo ID and your ticket, boarding pass, or a copy of your itinerary (if you are traveling on an electronic ticket) easily accessible. You will need to show your photo ID and travel documents several times.

Valid ID:
· Driver’s license
· State ID Card
· Military ID card
· Passport
· Resident Alien card
· Photo employment ID issued by country, state or federal agency

*Travel with shoes that come on and off easily, you will be asked to remove your shoes during the security check points.

Carry-on Bag

Passengers are permitted one free carry-on bag (not exceeding 30 lbs or 50 linear inches) and one carry-on personal item (not to exceed 41.5 linear inches). Due to limited space in the aircraft cabin, your carry-on bag will be checked at the gate and returned to you at your destination. Personal items (such as purses, briefcases, or laptop bags) must meet size restrictions, based on aircraft type.

If you are connecting to a flight on another airline, please review that airline’s carry-on baggage policies as well.

*Passengers are advised to carry-on medicines, keys, passport, and travel documents

More information on Denver Air Connection Baggage Policy

Checked Bags

For each ticketed customer, Denver Air Connection will transport, subject to space and additional fees, up to three (3) checked bags per passenger. All baggage beyond the first checked bag is carried on a space available basis. All checked baggage is subject to an additional charge.

  • Checked baggage may not exceed 50 LBS or 62 linear inches.
  • Overweight baggage charges will apply to each checked bag exceeding 50 LBS but less than 75 LBS.
  • Bags weighing in excess of 75 LBS will not be accepted for travel.
  • Oversize baggage charges will apply to each bag between 62 and 80 linear inches.
  • Bags exceeding 80 linear inches will not be accepted for travel.
  • Baggage charges are cumulative. More than one charge may apply to oversized and overweight bags.

Checked Baggage and Connecting Flights

Please read the following information carefully. Depending on how your itinerary is ticketed, you may need to claim your checked baggage and check it in with your connecting airline. If you have any questions about whether your baggage is checked through to your final destination, please ask an airline representative when checking your bags.

If your Denver Air Connection flight is booked in the same reservation with a connecting flight on United or American, your baggage can be checked through to your final destination.

For passengers who are not connecting to United or American flights, or who have purchased separate tickets for their connecting flight, you must claim your checked baggage from the baggage claim and recheck with your connecting airline. In this case, Denver Air Connection cannot claim your baggage from another airline. If you do not claim your own baggage from your other airline, consult your other airline for their policies on unclaimed/abandoned baggage. If you feel that you will not have enough time to make your connection, please contact our call center to change to a later flight, subject to any applicable change/cancellation fees.

More information on Denver Air Connection Baggage Policy

Items Not Allowed

  • Alcohol
  • Firearms
  • Smoking
  • Marijuana
  • Seat belt extensions not provided by United
  • Devices that restrict the recline of seats
  • Self-heating meals or beverages
  • Personal air purifying devices
  • Air filters placed on overhead vents
  • Electronic smoking devices
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Denver Air Connection (DAC) does not accept pets traveling without a passenger on the same flight. DAC does not accept pets for transport in the cargo compartment.

DAC will allow small vaccinated cats, dogs, and rabbits to travel in the cabin accompanied by an adult ticketed passenger. Pets traveling in the cabin must be carried in an approved hard sided or soft sided kennel. Only one pet per kennel, and only one pet per adult ticketed passenger. The kennel must be large enough for the animal to be able to stand up and turn around comfortably. The kennel must be able to fit completely beneath the seat in front of the passenger. The animal must remain completely inside the kennel with the door secured at all times while in the boarding area and on board the aircraft. Pets must be at least 8 weeks old, healthy and able to withstand air travel.

DAC reserves the right to refuse acceptance of any animal exhibiting aggressive or disruptive behavior, undesirable odor or other characteristics that appear incompatible with air travel.

Passengers traveling with a pet in the cabin may not sit in an exit row seat, or a bulkhead seat.

Pets must travel on the same flight as the customer responsible for them.

Customer is responsible for complying with all applicable state and country entry requirements.

Pets are subject to a $50 non-refundable fare each way. Reservations with in-cabin pets must be booked through the call center. The number of in-cabin pets per flight is limited. Failure to provide advance notice of your in-cabin pet may result in your pet being denied boarding. Pet fares are non-refundable. Your in-cabin pet is considered a carry-on item. Any additional baggage must be checked, and is subject to all applicable fees.

Denver Air Connection assumes no liability for the health or wellbeing of in-cabin pets. In case of emergency, oxygen service is not available for pets. If your pet becomes ill during flight, DAC will not provide first aid or oxygen to your pet.

Denver Air Connection will not accept pet remains in the cabin of the aircraft.

All pet carriers are subject to TSA search and screening, as well as airport authority and/or air carrier searches. Allow extra time for check-in and boarding when traveling with in-cabin pets. Denver Air Connection is not responsible if a customer misses a flight due to taking a pet to an outside relief area.

Service Animals

Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Qualified individuals with a disability are only permitted to travel with a maximum of two service animals The prime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition. §36.104

Denver Air Connection welcomes trained service animals accompanying passengers aboard our flights, provided they are not too large to safely accommodate in the aircraft cabin. Service animals are not required to travel in a pet carrier, however, if you choose to carry your service animal in a pet carrier, that carrier must be properly stowed for taxi, takeoff and landing.

Passengers traveling with service animals may not sit in an exit row seat. Service animals may be placed on the aircraft floor, or if the animal is no larger than a child under the age of 2, the animal may travel on the passenger’s lap. Animals cannot be placed on an aircraft seat. Animals on the floor must be positioned so as not to obstruct passengers’ expeditious evacuation in the unlikely event of an emergency.

In December 2020, the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) created new rules regarding the transportation of service animals by air. In that rule the DOT allows air carriers to require passengers traveling with service animals to provide the air carrier with service animal documentation using a form provided by the DOT. If you are traveling with a service animal, please notify our call center at least 24 hours in advance and submit a completed copy of the DOT form located here: Animal Health Behavior Training Form.pdf

Helpful Travel Reminders

  • Service animals must be properly harnessed or leashed and remain under the direct control of you or the dog handler at all times.
  • The animal must behave properly in public and should follow directions from its owner.
  • Dog must be a minimum age of 4 months for acceptance on Denver Air Connection.
  • The animal is required to occupy the customer’s personal space.
  • The animal should not extend into the aisles or into another customer’s personal space.
  • You will not be able travel within 30 days of your animal’s rabies vaccination.
  • If you have any questions or special requirements, contact the Denver Air Connection’s Reservations Office at 1-866-373-8513

Emotional Support Animals

No emotional support animals will be transported after February 28, 2021. Denver Air Connection is committed to ensuring safe and accessible travel experiences for all of our customers.

Holiday and Peak Travel

Reminder that holiday and peak travel times can make the pre-flight process slower. Please allow for extra time to arrive and check-in.