There are now more than 330 airports that allow pets as emotional companions in the cabin of their planes. This is one of the reasons why you see more and more pets at the airport. This is, of course, aside from the families that are relocating and simply going on a trip with their animal companions.
If you’re wondering if you can take your pet with you even if it’s not registered as a therapy pet or emotional support, don’t worry as you can still travel with your furry baby or even babies!
When traveling with a pet, it’s best to know what the rules and regulations are to keep your flight smooth and hassle-free. You can check out this infographic on pet travel policies, so keep reading.
1. Your Pet’s Age
Most airlines only allow pets that are more than 8 weeks old to travel. However, this really varies as some airlines would require your pet to be at least twelve to thirty-six weeks.
Make sure you check this with the airline of your choice before you book a flight for your pet.
2. Pet Documents
Making sure that you have these prepared is necessary as airlines will require these for you to be able to book your pet’s flight, even if it will be checked in as baggage. The two most common pet documents that airlines usually require would be your pet’s passport and health certification.
We suggest you get a health certification from your vet first as getting a pet passport will also require you to present a health certification that states that your pet is in good shape and if your pet is already within the acceptable age range to travel. What’s important is that you have your pet passport approved by the USDA.
Aside from securing these to comply with the airlines’ pet travel requirements, the place you will be traveling to may also require these to let your pet in once you’ve landed. This is also a good thing to have to avoid your pet from being quarantined once you get to your destination.
3. The No-Fly List
Now, even if your pets have the necessary documents, if they are part of the no-fly list in different airlines, then they really can’t hop on a plane with you. There are specific pet breeds that can’t be allowed to fly for valid reasons.
Snub-nosed or flat-faced pets can’t be flown because of their respiratory limitations. They won’t be able to tolerate the atmospheric pressure and this is a serious matter as it could result to fatality.
If you want to know what those pet breeds are, see the list below.
- Exotic Shorthair
- American Bully
- Pit Bull
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- Brussels Griffon
- Chow Chow
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Netherlands Dwarf
If you’re relocating or you really need to bring your pet with you, then your next best option is to let your pets sail.
Other Things to Consider
Those are the most important policies that most airlines share so it’s best to keep those in mind if you’re aiming to book a flight with your pet. Another thing that you might need to check is whether the airline needs you to get a crate or if a carrier is fine.
If you have neither a crate nor a carrier, the general rule when purchasing is that your pet should be able to sit, lie down, and turn around freely when it’s in it. For crates, always check and make sure that it is IATA-approved.
The last tip we could give is to ensure that your pet will be well-behaved during the duration of the flight, especially if it is allowed to stay in the cabin.
There really isn’t much to stress about when it comes to flying with your pets. If you’re well-informed about the rules and policies of the airline of your choice, then you should have a worry-free flight.