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FAQ: Air Traveler's Handbook 2/4 [Monthly posting]
Section - [2-16] Pets

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   If you are travelling with a dog or cat, you must say so when you
make your reservation. All airlines will allow at most one dog in the
presurized portion of the cabin (to prevent barking fights). The dog
must be in a travel cage which fits under the seat in front of you and
sedated. (If the dog is small, try to get a cage which fits under the
seat, so you can keep watch on the pet. Otherwise, the dog will travel
in the pet area of the baggage section, and you won't see the dog
until the flight is over. The pet area is pressurized but may not be
heated/cooled. Get nonstop flights since the pet area can get pretty
hot while on the ground.) Cats can travel in a carrier that fits under
the seat in front of you. Only one cat per carrier except for kittens.
Most airlines will allow at most three cats in the main cabin, with
sufficient number of rows separation.  Some airlines will charge you
extra (~$50 each way) for a small dog or cat.

   Many airlines require that the dog be given a tranquilizer supplied
by your vet. Most veterinarians no longer recommend sedating your
animals when transporting by air.

   If you let your cat out of its carrier, be sure to watch it
carefully. Most cats tend to run when in an unfamiliar place. 

   In the US, service animals travel free of charge on all airlines and
can accompany their master in the main aircraft cabin. Service animals
include guide dogs for the blind, signal dogs for the deaf, and
assistance dogs for the mobility impaired, among other animals. Proof
of disability may be required (i.e., attaching a harness to your dog
won't get the animal on for free). Canadian provinces have similar laws
for service animals. If traveling to a foreign country, be sure to
check the local regulations, as some countries restrict the travel of
animals and do not make a special exemption for service animals.

   America West and Southwest do not take pets, with the exception of
service animals. AA, UA and US all take dogs. US charges $30. AA and
UA charge $50.  (Small dogs.) United charges $50 per carrier for cats
in the pet area, $30 for cats as underseat baggage.

   All carriers require a recent (10 days old or less) veterinary
certificate of health, but rarely look at it.
   All airlines embargo pets if the outside temperature is in the
90's (or perhaps even 80's). AA won't carry a pet if the temperature
is less than 45F (enforcement of this rule is uneven). UA says they
won't handle pets when it is -10F. US says they always handle pets
except on certain commuter flights.

   US allows you to bring your pet out to the gate and have it
boarded just before you get on the plane. AA sometimes will, but
usually won't, allow this.

The following is what the airlines charge (1-way) for a pet which fits
under the seat in front of you, as of August 1, 1992. 
   $30   Alaska
   $45   Delta, Northwest, USAir
   $50   American, America West, Continental, TWA, United

You may want to consider using a boarding service instead of bringing
your pet with you. Many veterinarians provide this service for short
durations. 

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