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Cruise Deal of the Week – January 18, 2019
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Flying with Pets: What Do YOU Think?

Everyone’s family is different, especially for those with family members who bark or meow! Pets are undeniably part of the family and if you did any traveling this holiday season, it was easy to spot tails wagging in airports all across the country. Recently, The Go Group, an international ground transportation provider, conducted a survey where they polled travelers about what it’s like to fly with pets, whether they are yours or not.

The survey revealed many things about what people think about pets on airplanes, but one thing stood out above all else, 58% of respondents said it was the job of the airline to ensure pets are safe and secure when animals are required to ride in cargo rather than the cabin.

Flying with Pets: The Poll Results

One of the main focuses of the survey was when an animal should ride in the cabin with passengers or in the cargo section of the plane. While those with animals may balk at the idea of a dog or cat riding below with the bags, 55% of those responding to the survey said that only service animals should be allowed to ride in the cabin.

The Go Group CEO John McCarthy says safety, for both pets and people, needs to be at the forefront of the discussion.

“It is understandable that people have concerns about potential challenges of allowing animals in cabin areas,” he said.  “However, people also understand the dangers of animals traveling in cargo. We recommend that travelers tell their gate agents if they are allergic or prefer to be seated away from animals if there are any scheduled on their flight.”

As for the kind of animal, 45% of those surveyed said that only cats and dogs should fall into the service or support animal category when flying.

Different Rules for Different Flights

Part of what makes the whole process so confusing is the lack of uniformity across all airlines when it comes to flying with pets or service animals. Some may require a ride in cargo, others are fine with a person holding the animal on their lap much like they would a baby or toddler not big enough to sit alone in a seat safely. It’s important to do your research before you fly to make sure you aren’t blindsided by some pet policy when you get to the airport. 

Have you ever flown with your pets or a service animal? What was your experience? Would you do it again? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. My 20 pound mix breed ESA has traveled with us on several flights. She is obedience trained. I have never had her bark or have an accident on the plane or the gate area. She is not in a carrier, we do keep her leashes and harnessed while traveling.
    Those that take a dog on board need to make sure their dog is not dog or people aggressive. Make sure not to feed them for at least 6 hours before flying. Limit water before and during flights. Remember to have clean up supplies for the unforeseen accident. It is mandatory that you carry all vet records, not just shot records. Bring soft bowls for food and water.
    Book direct flights and try to stay under 4 hours when possible. A trained dog can lay across from another dog and not make a sound. Also don’t let your dog on the seats. The next passenger does not want hair on their clothes. If your dog is happy leave them home.

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  2. We moved to Hawaii with our two cats. Bringing them from our starting point in Salt Lake City required a change of planes. We could not imagine looking out to the tarmac during a layover and seeing one of our cats somehow get loose and run off in panic. The only air carrier that would allow pets in the cabin to Hawaii was Alaska Airlines, and like pretty-much everything about that scrappy little carrier, their polices and staff attitudes made another perfect trip. Prior to traveling we ensured our soft side cat bags would fit under our seats. We intentionally booked flights that changed in San Jose—a relatively small, quiet airport. While there we used a family/ADA restroom, locking the door and letting the cats out to use a tiny, makeshift litter box, have a snack, and hydrate. They both peed and ate and it worked great!

    The only real stress point was taking them through security in Salt Lake City—pets have to be removed from their cases and hand carried through airport metal detectors. We pre-dressed them both in harnesses so we could get an unquestionable grip before taking them out of their cases, and held them unhappily tightly against our chests to pass through the detectors. Much relief was sighed when the were safely zipped back inside their cases inside security!

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  3. I picked up two kittens in Florida. They flew under the seat in front of me and it was uneventful. The agents couldn’t have been nicer, and the TSA agents were very nice to me and my babies. Would do it again.

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  4. Animals should never be allowed in passenger area, with the possible exception of service animals . These should be kept in an isolated area. Animals are unsanitary by any description. What about people with allergies?
    Just wait until someone has an allergy attack due to your focus on political correction. How long do you think your policy will ;last then??

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  5. I grew up with dogs & cats….but….now I can’t be around them. I have learned my body doesn’t like animal ‘dander’. What a shame for me. Yes, I have a problem with dogs or any animal on airlines. We now book 1st class, thinking that helps and it does – but – although I wear a mask, just a dog passing in the aisle, takes my breath away. I have emphysema & COPD. A service dog is always welcome in the cabin – but not a ‘comfort’ dog. Thank you.

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