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Happy Flying with Your Dog or Cat

  • December 10, 2010
  • 4:01 pm

Plan On Separate Rooms

If you are traveling with two pets, no matter how well they get along, the airline will insist that they travel in separate containers. Plan accordingly.

Fido Can’t Take This Flight

If you’re a veteran commuter flyer, be forewarned that your pet won’t be able to take certain commuter flights. Some of the turboprop aircraft don’t have pressurized storage areas, and that’s where Fido would ride.

Barking Baggage

When you simply must send animals flying via air freight, ask for priority parcel service. That way, you can choose a flight, and the airline will guarantee when the animal will arrive at her destination (sort of like Federal Express, only the package is alive). You can plan when to drop the pet off at the airport, and the person at the other end of the line has a reasonable assurance of when to pick her up.

Limited finances should be the only reason that you opt for regular cargo, and you should understand that your pet might end up on any flight. Cargo is “standby,” loaded on the plane after baggage if the weight limit hasn’t been met. Your animal could wait for quite a long time before catching a flight, and you’ll be expected to provide 24 hours’ worth of food.

But I Wanted to Show Fifi the Eiffel Tower

Don’t plan to take a pet abroad unless you’re planning to relocate permanently. Most foreign countries will require that your dog or cat be quarantined for up to six months (at your expense) upon arrival.

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6:03PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

That is quite horrible that a dog has been frozen to death - Especially when one simple check in the back compartment could have saved a life. Although they aren't exactly homo sapiens, they still deserve better. Would you really enjoy being in a cage in a cold room with no lights and possibly other unfriendly and scared pets? If the answer is yes, you need to get a doctor - 10% off at the mental asylum for the next 3 days!

3:12PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

"But I wanted to show Fifi the Eiffel Tower" - seriously?

12:01AM PST on Jan 3, 2011

Carol H. says
Dec 11, 2010 1:53 PM
"I would think that the animals just don't understand where they are going or what did they do to deserve such treatment.

I have a cute story I need to tell this happened many years ago when I was young.

Anyway we were moving and we had a simiwild cat and we had to take her to the new house and we had to figure a way to do so. So we put her in box with air holes and put her in the trunk and all you could hear was this cat screaming. We pulled up to pay the tole and the person could hear her yelling and..."

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!?! you think this is a "cute" story?!?!?!?! "Aawww, look how we torture our cat, isn't it cute?"

People like you should be banned from "owning" any animals or having children.

11:47PM PST on Jan 2, 2011

PLEASE DON'T EVER FLY WITH YOU ANIMAL UNLESS HE WILL BE IN THE CABBIN WITH YOU AND NEVER OUT OF YOUR SIGHT!! Animals die and go missing with high frequency when being shipped or flown. I would drive cross country or re-home my companion before I would ever let her be "cargo."
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3:10PM PST on Dec 19, 2010

Thanks for telling the world

5:17PM PST on Dec 18, 2010

I only took my cat Loetje on the plane when we were emigrating to Australia, otherwise I would have spared her the ordeal!

11:36AM PST on Dec 15, 2010

I just have to comment on the picture, is that a dachshound? adooorable!!

1:46PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

one of the best holiday of my life I will always remember was when I flew to France (Biarritz) with my cats Ophelia and Alison in their carrier as hand baggage (close to me all the time). It was a pleasant flight and a wonderful sunset waited for us... a most wonderful place with my two best companions and friends!

1:42PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

I would never, ever take my beloved pets on board a flight with me unless they were with me under the seat. For big animals, I would drive them across country myself before sticking them in cargo, especially in very hot and cold weather; it's just cruel to do so. BEWARE that most airlines have limits on how many animals they allow in the cabin, so be sure to call them on the phone, which means if you want an online fare, you had better do your homewaork and call for pet availability in the cabin before hitting that submit button, and make ressies well in advance.

11:46AM PST on Dec 14, 2010


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