How To Choose A Pet Carrier

How To Choose A Pet Carrier

Flying with pets can be challenging. The first thing you need to do when flying with your dog, cat in a pet carrier  is to find airlines that serve your origination and destination airports and check their pet policies. Many airlines will accept your dog or cat, but each airline will differ in the services they offer. Will the airline allow your dog or cat to fly in the cabin with you? What are the restrictions? Will your pet need to travel in the airline cargo hold?

There are basically 3 ways that pets can travel in a commercial airplane: in-cabin, checked baggage and manifest cargo. When traveling in the cabin, pets must fly with an adult passenger and fit in an airline compliant carrier for pets which will be stowed under the seat in front of the passenger. If your pet is accompanied by a traveling passenger and is too big to travel in the cabin or is an animal other than a cat or dog (in most cases), it can be transported as checked baggage if your airline offers this service. Lastly, if your pet is very large or is traveling unaccompanied or your destination country requires it, it will travel as manifest cargo.  Your pet will travel in the cargo hold of the airline when flying both as checked baggage or manifest cargo.

Animals traveling Internationally should have a pet microchip that meets ISO standards 11784/11785. This is a 15 digit non-encrypted microchip that operates at 134.2kHz.

The microchip number should appear on all Veterinary and Vaccination Certificates, and be the same number as on those certificates. The microchip should meet the ISO standards or the owner must provide a compatible reader.

Millions of animals travel safely aboard aircraft every year. Airline personnel make every effort to handle these animals with the care they deserve. Please keep in mind that each airline has its own guidelines, and it is important to notify an airline about your pet travel plans as soon as possible.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets and enforces regulations for the transportation of live animals. These regulations apply to you, the shipper, as well as to the airlines. If you decide to transport your dog or cat by air, there are some points to check for compliance with applicable laws, and to assure the safest and most comfortable trip for your pet.


Here’s a great video to help you provide for your pet during an in cabin flight.

video from youtube



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