Posted on Feb 5, 2013 in Animals & pets, Travel
What are the rules and regulations involving traveling via airplane with a pet?
A little nervous about turning your cute little dog or cat into a jet-setter? You’re not alone! Fortunately, with as many as two million critters flying the pet-friendly skies each year, the process is getting healthier and less stressful for pets each year… if a little more complicated for their owners.
TSA security procedures won’t keep you from bringing a pet on your flight — but you will have to check with the specific airline in question to see whether or not your pet can be carried on (in the main cabin), must go in the cargo area, or if he or she will even qualify for transport at all.
Not every carrier uses the same rules. For example, Continental says, “Because we share our customers’ concern that their pets’ flights are stress-free, we have enhanced our animal acceptance policy to transport pets as cargo. Our program is called PetSafe. Under this program, Continental does not accept pets as checked baggage.”
On your pet’s carrier, be sure you have written your name, address and phone number, and also made note of your pet’s name. (A photo is a bonus.)
ShopSmart magazine’s June 2010 issue noted that at Pet Airways (PetAirways.com, 888-pet-airways), a pets-only airline, pets fly in the climate-controlled main cabins under the supervision of an attendant. And if you really can’t bear to fly without Fido on your lap, go to dogtravelcompany.com for information on chartering flights with dogs.The TSA says that your animal will never be placed through an x-ray machine. However, you may be asked to remove your animal from its carrier so that the carrier itself can be x-rayed.
For more information, see the FAA’s fact sheet Pets in the Passenger Cabin, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Traveling with Your Pet FAQs. and the US DOT’s guidelines about transporting live animals.
Get the animal scoop from the horse’s mouth — so to speak — by checking out these pet pages on some of the major airlines’ sites:
Cat in carrier photo by JoshBerglund19
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