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Traditional airline pet travel rules and regulations

While each traditional airline has a specific pet policy, there are some trends and rules that most follow.

Carry-on

  • Pets small enough to fit in a crate under a seat can be considered carry-on luggage
  • Pets must remain in the crate in the boarding area and during the flight
  • There are limits to how many animals are allowed on a flight, so book early
  • One pet is allowed per person at no extra charge
  • Some areas in the world have strict pet regulations, such as Hawaii and South Africa. Check before leaving
  • Pets permitted in the cabin include dogs, cats and household birds

 

Check-in

  • Cats, dogs, household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters are accepted as checked baggage
  • Airlines will not accept animals as checked baggage during extreme weather
  • Two pets of the same type may be allowed in one kennel, for example two dogs or two cats of the same breed
  • The one-way fare for a pet on a domestic flight is usually around $200

Cargo

  • This service is used to ship a pet that is traveling without an owner
  • Only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be personal pets or show/exhibition animals will be accepted
  • Animals must be considered non-offensive and not dangerous to passengers or baggage handlers

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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