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GUIDELINES and RESTRICTIONS
Traveling with Pets by Air
There are specific legal guidelines and restrictions for
pet air travel.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA)
governs air travel for pets. The airlines themselves
also have varying regulations. Contact your airline
well in advance for their rules, particular procedures
Small pets, in airline approved carriers, can often be taken right on board
the plane with you, while larger animals must stay in approved crates in the
Rules vary from airline to airline. The number of pets allowed both in the
cabin area and cargo is limited...so make your reservations well in advance.
Some airlines will not take pets at all and some will allow pets only in the
cabin. There are also rules about when pets are allowed in cargo depending
upon the season (the cargo hold is too cold in the winter and too hot in the
Check your destination's requirements for bringing pets if you are going to
another country. Make sure that there is not a quarantine required.
Preparations for international travel (vaccinations, microchipping, obtaining
health certificates from the required agencies) can take up to six months.
For more information and tips on air travel with your pet read:
TOP TEN TIPS FOR SAFE AIR TRAVEL WITH YOUR PET (ASPCA)
The Jet Set Pet ™. Airline Pet Regulations
International Travel for the Jet Set Pet™
The Department of Transportation (DOT) provides a monthly Air Travel
Consumer Report that contains specific statistics on animal mishaps aboard
For an alphabetical listing of all major domestic and international airlines and
their regulations see: Airline Pet Regulations
The ASPCA urges pet owners to think twice about flying their pets on
commercial airlines, especially if they plan on checking them in as cargo.
Unless your animal is small enough to fit under your seat and you can bring
him or her in the cabin, the ASPCA recommends pet owners to not fly their
If pet owners have already committed to transporting their pets on
commercial airlines, read the ASPCA top ten tips for for safe travel with your
dogs such as pugs and
breathe well in airplane
cargo areas. Avoid flying
with these particular