Dangers of Flying Your Pets in Cargo Section

When flying with pets, many animal welfare organizations strongly recommend that pets should travel in the passengers cabin of the aircraft with you, rather than in the cargo hold.

The statistics on animal loss and death as a result of cargo hold shipping indicate that about 5,000 animals are killed or lost every year in the United States, you do not want your pet to become a statistic.

For this reason, if you own a small animal such as a cat, small dog, or rodent, you should make arrangements for the pet to fly in the passengers cabin.
If your animal is too large to fit in the cabin, you may want to consider an alternate mode of transportation instead of flying your pet.

There is a new service now operating called Pet Airlines which will allow pets to fly in a temperature controlled and pressurized cabin from 5 major cities around the United States.

This is a pet-only airline, and there is always a pet attendant on board frequently checking on your pet.
 
Another option is a Canadian charter service, SwiftJet that is allowing pets in their first class cabins.
For more information on private jet airline charters, both within the United States and worldwide.

PLEASE NOTE that not all of these airlines are pet friendly. You will need to confirm that with individual charter companies.

NOTE: Some rabies free countries do not allow pets to arrive in that country on a chartered aircraft unless the charter company has been pre-approved.

A bit of extra effort on your part can pay off in a big way when it comes to the safety and comfort of you and your pet. Consider a pet friendly private plane for less-stress travel.

Additional Information

Pet Airlines
Pet Air/Pet Shipping/Animal Transportation

TheHumane Society of the US: Why Pets Shouldn't Travel By Air
Be aware of the risks, and explore all your options before booking your pet's flight.

TheHumane Society of the US: Traveling Tips for Pets on Planes
If your pet must travel in the cargo hold, you can increase the chances of a safe flight for your pet by following these tips.

AirlineAnimal Incident Reports
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is now tracking the numbers of animals that died or were lost or injured during transport. Complete monthly reports are published in DOT's Air Travel Consumer Report.

USDomestic Airlines That Allow Pets
Kennel size and weight requirements, fees.

Petfinder's2011 Most Pet-Friendly North American Airlines
Petfinder.com's annual review of pet-friendly airlines which outlines the best options for traveling in-cabin with animal companions.
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