Banning pets from airline cabins

Becky - posted on 08/24/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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http://www.globaltvcalgary.com/westjet+w...

What do you think? Should pets be banned from airline cabins and only travel in the cargo hold? I haven't flown in quite a while, so I don't know how common it is to even see pets in the cabin. (Don't think I've ever seen it) What are the policies of the airlines where you live?

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Jodi - posted on 08/24/2011

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Ok, just looked it up on the Qantas website, and pets are only allowed in the cabin if it is a service dog. All other pets must be contained in a pet pack according to certain standards and will be stowed in with the baggage (unless they are large, then the rules all change). I have no problem with that.



There are also all sort of other regulations , including banning of classified dangerous dog breeds, pets under 8 weeks old, restrictions on various other breeds.



So there you go, now I know the rules :P

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Caitlin - posted on 08/29/2011

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I'm against pets being able to fly int he cabin unless they are service animals. The problem with the allergies and "just changing seats" is that the air in a plane is re-circulated air and that disperses the allergens throughout the plane, no matter where you are sitting. IT would be the equivalent of smoking behind a fan and having everyone else in front of it, after a while, the smoke gets everywhere, so do allergens.

I'm not anti pet though, I loved my pets that I had, but I could see it being a big problem for my daughter if it was a long flight. Just giving her a claritin before wouldn't help, because that doesn't stop her asthmatic response to the allergen in the air. If she starts having an asthma attack and can't be removed from the cause of it because the air is being recirculated, then the plane would have to make an emergency landing, which would suck for EVERYONE on board the plane. IN the case of a service animal, the airline knows beforehand if one will be accompanying the passenger, and flight changes can be made, but people can show up last minute to buy a ticket for them and their cat, which would be a very bad thing.

It's very similar to the reasoning behind banning peanuts on a plane, due to the re-circulated air, it's just not very safe (I think of the case of the poor mom that had to cancel the lfight for her whole family vacation because the airline refused not to roast the cashews for the first class passengers, even though her son was severely allergic to cashews..)

I'd personally love to have perfume free flights as well Heather, because scented things trigger my asthma and allergies like mad, and i ALWAYS end up with a migrane.. baby steps.. tehre are some schools around here now that have that policy, which is nice to see..

Sam - posted on 08/29/2011

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I do not think that pets should be allowed to fly in the cabin. They are pets NOT people!

Becky - posted on 08/28/2011

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It is probably because if people knew they were sitting beside a carrier containing a rat or snake, they would be freaked out. I know personally, I HATE rats and mice with a passion. I would have a panic attack knowing there was one sitting next to me on a plane. (A snake, on the other hand, wouldn't bother me at all, as long as it wasn't poisonous.) There are some people who might freak out over a dog or cat, but I'm sure they are much less common.
And they don't allow terrorists if they know they are terrorists! It's not like they have "Terrorist" stamped across their foreheads!

LorenaFritts - posted on 08/27/2011

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Why not rats or snakes? They allow terrorists! I'll take my chances with the livestock!

LorenaFritts - posted on 08/27/2011

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I've seen pets in the cabin. They must be small, able to fit
into a crate that will go under the seat. I believe , now, the limit is two to a cabin, but I could be wrong. The last time I tried to do that, my fare was $500.00 and if I took a pet on board her's was to be $600.00 I'm against carrying a dog in the hold. Think how scared they'd be and might or might not be cared for.

Jennifer - posted on 08/25/2011

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I'm kinda torn on this. The cargo area is a dangerous place, as it is not temparture controlled, and sometimes things can 'shift during flight'. There have also been cases of baggage people opening crates and allowing dogs to escape. One Basenji was on liam for a year before being captured! That said, I've had a puppy shipped to me, and flown several rescue dogs cross country this way, and never had a problem!
Dogs and cats being carry-on is safer, but I worry. I've heard of people waiting until the flight was in the air, and removing the animal from the crate. Also was told by a friend of her awful flight with a dog that had not been crate trained pre-flight and spent 4 hours crying, he also threw up and pooed out of fear. she said it smelled horrid! And she is an animal lover, I can only imagine what any dog haters were thinking! I also worry about allergies. I'm allergic to cats, but I choose to be around them anyway. In a flight, no one has the choice, and I don't think it is fair.

I own a Chinese Crested that I love to travel with. If I had the money, I'd probably fly with him, but I still think it is not totally fair.

Lady Heather - posted on 08/25/2011

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They have rats at the Edmonton zoo Becky! I was so excited to see them I took a picture. Alberta is full of shit with their rat free claim. There are lots of people with pet rats there I'm sure. Also I doubt the rats around the border don't cross the line. ha.

Mrs. - posted on 08/25/2011

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Yes, my malti=poo is only 8 pounds and has flown with me beneath the seat all over the place. The reason why a lot of people don't notice her, or the other dogs, is because once in the little dark carrier, she is silent and happy. She is also hypoallergenic.

I, too, am allergic to cats, but I still think if they meet the weight requirements, they should be allowed. If I was sat next to one, I would just ask to change seats with someone who wasn't allergic.

I think it is fine and they are much safer in the cabin, with their owner than in the hold. If you've ever seen the handlers load pets in the hold, you'd never want to put your pet down there.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/25/2011

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It is very dangerous for any animal to travel in the cargo hold. The temperatures also get extremely cold. This can be life threatening to smaller animals. The smaller ones are the only ones that I have ever seen on a plane. The ones that you can actually fit in an airline regulated pet carrier, which can fit under the seat. Also, there is an additional charge.

Becky - posted on 08/25/2011

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Allergies was my concern about it -although I'm not allergic to animals, but I know a lot of people are. But if they only had a few rows where pets were allowed and you could sit far away from them if you had allergies, then that would eliminate that issue.
The other concern I would have is people who are irresponsible pet owners and who bring animals who are not comfortable in the crate and bark/cry the whole time or who get airsick. We had a dog once who got carsick, so I'm sure pets could get air sick too!
Heather, you wouldn't be allowed to bring your rats if you were flying into Alberta, we're rat-free! :) Honestly, I don't even think you're supposed to have them as pets here. Not that I've tried. I hate rats and mice. Shudder!

Lady Heather - posted on 08/24/2011

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I've been on flights with pets in the cabin before. They allow animals that can fit in a carrier beneath the seat. Or they did anyways (you know these rules change all the time and I think that was last year). Can't remember whether it was Westjet or Air Canada. They would only put them in a certain section of the plane. I don't know what I think about it. Cargo is tough for pets. I'm allergic but I have pets so I can't really complain about that, and I'm also allergic to the perfumes and hair products and crap on the plane so I'm fucked no matter what. A big problem to me is that it seems to encourage people with smaller pets to take them along everywhere and I just don't think animals should be on the plane unless they need to be. It can't be a very fun experience for them. I'm allowed to take my cat, but I wouldn't unless I was moving or something.

Okay, I think it was Westjet. Just on their page and it says dogs, cats, rabbits and birds are allowed (no rats? my rats would have made awesome plane buddies...haha). They only allow two kennels per flight, one pet per kennel. Pet and kennel combined cannot weigh more than 22 lbs. Kennels must be soft-sided and airline approved and fit under seat. Pet must be able to stand, lie down and turn around in the kennel.

I know I've been on a flight with a dog and a flight with a cat and I didn't even notice them. I was sitting in the row ahead of the dog. Wasn't a big deal.

Jodi - posted on 08/24/2011

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I didn't think they were allowed in the cabin. I've never actually questioned it. I am in Australia, have flown quite a bit, and have NEVER seen a pet in the cabin.

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