Air Travel With Your Pet
Tips To Make A Pet's Flight Safer
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and an identification tag with destination information. Breakaway collars are best for cats.
- Book a direct flight and avoid weekends and holidays, which are more heavily traveled.
- Purchase a U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and change position regularly.
- Write "Live Animal" in large letters on the top and sides of the crate. Use arrows to show the upright position of the crate.
- Write the name, address and telephone number of your pet's destination on the top of the crate.
- Affix a photograph of your pet to the top of the crate for identification purposes. Also carry a photograph of your pet.
- Provide food and water, attached to the outside of the crate, so airline personnel can feed the animal during long-distance flights.
- Securely close your crate, but don't lock the door so airline personnel can open it in an emergency.
- Tell every airline employee you encounter - on the ground and in the air - that you are traveling witha pet in the cargo hold.
- Before booking a flight for your pet, call the airline and check requirements and availability.
Source: ASPCA and the Airline Transport Association
Air Travel Consumer Report