New regulation requires pet owners to check passports on pet travel

Image: Shutterstock Have you been flying with your pet in tow lately? Ever been annoyed that the plane is crawling with suitcase after suitcase while you were stuck in the hold with nothing? Quite…

New regulation requires pet owners to check passports on pet travel

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Have you been flying with your pet in tow lately? Ever been annoyed that the plane is crawling with suitcase after suitcase while you were stuck in the hold with nothing? Quite frankly, this seemed like unfair treatment… and many pet owners have taken matters into their own hands.

When new federal regulations went into effect on 5 October (all the regulations can be found on the National Transportation Safety Board website), travellers headed overseas for one reason or another now have a few more obstacles in order to ensure their pet is safe on their travels across the world.

First up, cabin baggage must still be kept in the cabin (we’ve never been able to get our dogs’ small but fluffy beds into the overhead compartment, so that’s one thing). As for liquids, it’s still capped at 3.4 litre for carry-on bag, but there’s a $200 price break on those to take up and put into the seat pocket. That might seem like a big deal, but think of all the treats you’re going to get to keep your pet happy and sane on your trip. The law also warns of a “large cargo hold will,” but that’s out of their hands – we don’t allow animals in the cargo hold of commercial aircraft, unless there’s a flight connecting with them from another country.

Oh, and let’s not forget to keep your PET on a “pet seat” on the plane, lest your pet get anxious and jump out, on top of potentially not getting enough air.

But wait, there’s more! Some airlines now “require a health certificate” before flying with your pet! Which, once again, can be hard to come by. Some pet owners were already following the rules and understanding that their pets (unlike some passengers who can zip their pants without a last-minute wardrobe change) can’t. But that’s not the case anymore.

Perhaps you feel more comfortable if you fly in a smaller airliner? You can get from one point to another in less time with your pet, but it might cost you: seat pitch on some airlines has dropped from 31 inches to 30 inches.

There are some great pieces that deal with these guidelines in detail. So if it’s been weighing you down to keep your pet on a leash in the continental US but you’re thinking of going abroad for a few months, take a break and peruse these guides. Then, once you get home, here’s something to look forward to!

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