Here are some tips for taking pets along the friendly skies:
Tip #1 – Not all airlines allow animals on board so make sure you check with customer service before you book your flight. Some airlines restrict the time of year that animals can fly and others only carry animals on certain flights.
Tip #2 – Even if you are certain that the airline you wish to travel on, transports pets, you still have to request a spot in advance for your pet. Most airlines only permit so many pets at a time so by calling early you can guarantee ample room for both you and your pet.
Tip #3 – For trips that require you to use an assortment of airlines, you need to be aware of the fact that there is no uniform set of pet rules. Again, not all airlines require transport fees, and if they do, you may be responsible for additional fees. This is something you definitely want to know before booking a flight.
Tip #4 – If your pet travels in a carry-on kennel, even though it fits snugly under the seat in front of you, you should expect the airline to charge a cargo hold fee for the pet even though it is not actually being kept beneath the plane.
Tip #5 – You should know the size restrictions for pet kennels. Carry-on kennels can not be higher than 9 to10 inches or else they cannot fit under the seat. Any carry-on over these dimensions much be placed in the cargo hold.
Tip #6 – Even if your pet is brought on as a carry-on item, you should know this does not give him the same rights as a human passenger. Your pet must be kept inside of his kennel for the entire flight.
Tip #7 – The carry-on kennel must meet the standard requirements. An amazon.com box with holes in it is not a safe carry-on for your pet. You must buy the airline approved pet carriers from a pet store that meets on the mandatory safety requirements.