08-13-2011, 07:20 AM
Flying with your pet in the cabin
Boniejoy and others who fly with pets, this article is for you. Overhead Bin - Q&A: Flying with your pet in the cabin
Flying with your pet in the cabin
On most airlines, small pets may travel in the cabin in an FAA-approved carrier.
By Harriet Baskas, msnbc.com contributor
Jane and Ken Swanson want to know if small dogs can fly with their owners on airplanes.
The good news is that, yes, on most airlines small pets may travel in the cabin.
The bad news: There are plenty of restrictions. And, in some cases, the ticket for your tabby or toy poodle may end up costing more than your own.
“The cost runs anywhere from $50 all the way to $125. And that’s each way,” says Kim Saunders of Petfinder.com. “Pets will also need a recent health certificate, while will require a veterinary office visit that can cost from $35 to $100. You’ll also need to be sure your pet is in an approved pet carrier that can fit underneath the seat.”
Passengers taking a pet on a plane should also keep these tips in mind:
Make your reservation well in advance. Frontier Airlines allows up to 10 ticketed pets in the cabin, but most airlines only allow one or two. “You and your pet may not be able to take the flight you want,” said Saunders. And all pets need to remain in their carrier under the seat for the duration of the flight.
Give your pet food and water far ahead of the flight so that your pet can visit the relief area before going through security. (A few airports have relief areas post-security; but every airport has a spot for Spot outside). “Even then, it’s a good idea to put something soft and absorbent in the carrier. Just in case,” said Saunders.
Make sure your pet is social. Your pet must stay inside the carrier at all times, but at the security checkpoint, you’ll be required to take the pet out and either walk it or carry it through the metal detector. “If there’s an alarm because of the leash or a metal collar, the pet will be checked physically, in a sort of pet pat-down, by an agent to resolve any kind of issue,” said TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez.
Some people have tried to put their pets − and sometime their babies − through X-ray machines. “That won’t harm a pet or a baby, but we prefer they don’t do that,” said Melendez.
For more information about taking your pet on a plane, check your airline’s website or the resource section of a website such as Petfinder.com, which recently issued its 2011 list of the most pet-friendly airlines in the United States and Canada.
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08-13-2011, 10:17 AM
Guess the author doesn't know that many airports DON'T have a special spot for Spot to do it's patty thing. Cincinnati does not, JFK Delta Terminals do not. I'm sure there are lots more.
Yes, the regulations are very restrictive. I'm surprised eh didn't even touch on the fact that several breeds, French and assorted bulldogs, Pekes, Boston terrier and more are not allowed to travel cargo or cabin by most major carriers, due to respiratory issues."wherever you go, there you are"
08-15-2011, 01:51 PM
I flew once with my seat mates Golden Retriever puppy in my lap. The owner of the puppy had the cage under his seat, but he let him out because the puppy was crying. Then the puppy crawled over to my seat and curled up in my lap for the duration of the flight. I was delighted by the puppy's action... but thank God, the pup was not in need to relieve himself. I guess, these days the cabin crew would be on the owners case, if indeed the owner would have gotten the pup through all the security checks.
08-15-2011, 02:29 PM
Disgusting, rude and selfish and irresponsible behavior--not to mention unsanitary.
Last edited by kyshel; 08-15-2011 at 02:34 PM."wherever you go, there you are"
08-15-2011, 02:56 PM
I didn't see any harm in it at the time, but I guess had the puppy relieved himself on me, it might have been a different matter... The cabin crew didn't seem to mind at the time either. But as you said, today as rules and regulations have become a lot stricter, this could lead to a potential fine and possible arrest.
08-15-2011, 03:02 PM
The safety factor alone outweighs the cuteness. It's a distraction to the cabin crew performing their duties; it's potential danger to let an animal loose on an aircraft."wherever you go, there you are"
08-15-2011, 03:14 PM
I suspect you are right. But he wasn't exactly loose. He was in my lap sleeping and his owner was right beside me. We both would have made sure not to let him escape... but, you never know... so safety factor is noted.... I doubt that this would happen again, as I said with today's rules and regulations the crew would be on the dog owner's case in two seconds flat.
08-15-2011, 04:32 PM
so true--the moment the crew detects an animal out of the carrier, they have to take steps to get the owner to return it at once. Made me think of a favorite phrase: Like a dog on a sock!
hmmm....snakes on a plane??
Last edited by kyshel; 08-15-2011 at 04:35 PM."wherever you go, there you are"