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Policies For Taking Pets In The Aircraft Cabin.  
User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1044 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5977 times:

Hello all.

My partner and I got a puppy some months ago and I was wondering what airline policies currently were regarding transport of pets in the cabin. I looked on the site and there was lots of information on transporting pets in the cargo, but not on cabin pets.

First of all, he is 12 pounds and small, and will easily fit in the seat in front.

I wanted to know:

1. It seems that airlines now charge for on board pets. Was this always the case, or is this something new? And are there any airlines that don't charge, or charge less than the others? That would be good to know.

2. We are also thinking of getting him trained and certified as a Therapy Dog. The ASPCA informed us that medically certified dogs travel for free, regardless of whether they are traveling with the patients or not. Is this definitely the case across all airlines? I didn't see any formal policy on the Delta website at least.

3. A neighbor of mine said that he just takes his puppy on to the plane in his carry on bag so that they don't notice. Is this okay to do? And what happens if they do find out? Do you get fined?

Thanks, and sorry for the multitude of questions, but I thought I'd post as I always get such informative responses from this site.

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21637 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5960 times:



Quoting AT (Thread starter):
A neighbor of mine said that he just takes his puppy on to the plane in his carry on bag so that they don't notice. Is this okay to do? And what happens if they do find out? Do you get fined?

Since any carry-on bag is going to have to go through the x-ray machine, this would seem to NOT be a good thing to do.

-Mir



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3670 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

My parents take their dog with them every time they do IAH-SEA on CO. At CO if the animal is in-cabin, the pet should have a ticket. My parents always purchase a ticket for their dog while others have told them they didn't for their pet. Currently at CO it's $125/one way. I believe it's noted on the passenger manifest if there is a pet on board. If there are pets on board and not mentioned on the manifest, I believe the GAs will charge the pax. I believe there's a certain number of pets allowed on a flight, like 2 in Y and 1 in F. The pet must perfectly fit in its pet carrier and cannot be taken out during the flight. At the airport, they're not allowed to walk with a leash unless they are service dogs. They're allowed in the President's Club but only in their carriers. At security, my father carries the dog with him and not put the dog through the x-ray.

On the plane, the dog must remain in its carrier and the carrier must fit underneath the seat. You can never sit in the bulkhead or the overwing exits since the FAs informed them that the pet carrier could restrict access to the emergency exits in case those exits need to be used. On the plus side, if there is an emergency, you are allowed to take your pet with you during an emergency.



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User currently offlineAnonymousInSAN From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

Please read these links: http://www.bringfido.com/travel/us_regulations/ http://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/airtravel/airpettravel.shtml

Remember, do not ever sedate your pet for air travel. This can/will cause all types animals to have trouble breathing, especially if you have a "pug-nosed" variety dog or cat. Most (if not all) airlines will require a current veterinary certificate stating the animal is fit to fly and is up to date with their vaccinations.

My husband and I had a HORRIFIC experience in 2003 while flying LGB-JFK on jetBlue. Our cat Jack weighs 12lbs. and is quite tall and long. He fit perfectly in his airline regulation sized Sherpa bag. He could stand up and turn around inside his bag as airline policy requested. We even purchased the middle seat so we could push the bag under the seat without hindering our legroom. Before we departed, the flight attendant told me to shove the cat's bag all the way under the seat or we were not going to take off. Our cat was now being crushed and he couldn't even stand let alone turn around. He was terrified to say the least. It was the longest 5 hours I've ever experienced. I slightly unzipped the bag so I could keep my hand on him so he knew I was there. He actually was so stressed he was panting like a dog. At one point he felt so stiff, I thought he was dead. Needless to say, when we moved back to SAN, we drove across the country with Jack in a big soft-sided travel tote and he was fine.

Dogs travel MUCH better than cats and it is not my intention to bash jetBlue or air travel with pets, I just wanted to share my experience. Happy and safe travels!

Vicky *edited to add the second weblink*

[Edited 2009-05-22 22:21:42]

[Edited 2009-05-22 22:23:20]

User currently offlineMatthew11 From Canada, joined May 2009, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

I believe policies vary from airline to airline. For example Air Canada allowed pets in the cabin, then they no longer allowed it and pets had to travel in cargo. It looks like Air Canada is going to go back and allow pets in the cabin according to an article in the globe and mail a few weeks ago.


Matt from YYC
User currently offlineDl1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5867 times:

We just made an international move with our 2 cats and it was not too bad at all. We flew on SAS and we were told that we could bring the smaller cat (apx 9 pounds) onboard but the big cat (apx 17 lbs) was too heavy and would have to go in the cargo hold. It turns out that we were not allowed to bring the little cat onboard into business class so they both ended up as cargo cats. SAS handled them very well. We watched the transfer in CPH and they ramp guys hand carried the kennels out to the plane and hand loaded them. Very gently and with great care. The check in people at SEA were super and really helped out.

There is a big debate about sedatives. Our vet suggested that we use a low dose to keep them calm during transport to the airport and the check in process and that's what we did. 1 of the cats is pretty calm and probably would have been just fine anyway and the other cat gets scared pretty easy so she needed it to relax. They both survived just fine and I think using the sedative was the correct choice for us.

As to cost, it was $200 per container. If we had stuffed them both into 1 large container, it would have been $200. We chose to use 2 containers and pay the extra money. I thought having them together would increase the stress level.

The paperwork was an interesting adventure. We had to get them microchipped, have a vet certificate and a rabies certificate (both had to be endorsed by the USDA) and then a health certificate within 10 days of travel. Not too bad but plan ahead.

The sum it up, SAS did a GREAT job. My first attempt at shipping the critters was with Lufthansa. I can say without any reservation that Lufthansa SUCKS and I will avoid them at all costs. Lying, cheating money-sucking pigs. I wouldn't trust Lufthansa to ship a bag of dirt let alone 2 living creatures. German efficiency my butt. Did I mention that Lufthansa SUCKS?

So, I would suggest that if you are going to fly your pets, get your vet involved and when you talk to the airline, keep notes. It can get kind of spendy to ship the pets but they are part of the family and it was well worth the time, money and effort.

Best regards.


User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

First congrats on the new pet!

Quoting AT (Thread starter):
3. A neighbor of mine said that he just takes his puppy on to the plane in his carry on bag so that they don't notice. Is this okay to do? And what happens if they do find out? Do you get fined?

No, it is not okay to do. It is dishonest. If they find out you may be charged for the fee. You could also possibly be delayed and put on a later flight or denied boarding. There are all kinds of policies and regulations regarding pets and they vary from carrier to carrier. I know at one airline I worked for there was a cap on the number of animals that could be carried onboard at one time. If you just showed up and that number was already reached with passengers that had made the appropriate arrangements you would be SOL

Quoting AT (Thread starter):
1. It seems that airlines now charge for on board pets. Was this always the case, or is this something new? And are there any airlines that don't charge, or charge less than the others? That would be good to know.

Policies and charges have changed over the years. The best way to find out is to call or check each airlines websites.
http://www.aa.com/aa/i18nForward.do?...alAssistance/travelingWithPets.jsp
http://www.united.com/page/middlepage/0,6823,1047,00.html
http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...s/pet_travel_information/index.jsp
http://www.usairways.com/awa/content...traveltools/specialneeds/pets.aspx

http://www.ajc.com/services/content/...02/23/increase_price_pets_fly.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...i?f=/c/a/2009/05/15/TRJ217FU8P.DTL

Quoting AT (Thread starter):
2. We are also thinking of getting him trained and certified as a Therapy Dog. The ASPCA informed us that medically certified dogs travel for free, regardless of whether they are traveling with the patients or not. Is this definitely the case across all airlines? I didn't see any formal policy on the Delta website at least.

Delta had some information under services for travelers with disabilities. It's one of those things you need to call about. Service animals are exempt from charges but I believe most airlines require documentation.

Quoting AnonymousInSAN (Reply 3):
the flight attendant told me to shove the cat's bag all the way under the seat or we were not going to take off. Our cat was now being crushed and he couldn't even stand let alone turn around. He was terrified to say the least. It was the longest 5 hours I've ever experienced

Bags including pet carriers do have to be all the way under the seat for taxi take off and landing. Once you were in the air you could have slid the bag out to give him more room. You have to keep it shut of course a terrified loose cat in an airplane is not a good situation. But he didn't have to be all the way under the seat the entire time.


User currently offlineExsr From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5782 times:

I do have an SAR-dog and may take him with me in the cabin on every flight, with every airline.

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