|Purred: Wed Jan 9, '08 5:51pm PST |
|For domestic flights, most airlines will allow one pet in a carry-on approved carrier per human passenger. It depends on the airline what the fee charged will be, but they all will require a recent health certificate from your vet.
If you are going to be transporting both of them by yourself , you may be required to check one she will have to travel in the luggage compartment since there is only room for one under the seat in front of you. In that case, she will need a larger, hard-sided carrier with adequate ventilation as well as food and water and instructions on care in case of irregular operations.
Some airplanes lack pressurized luggage compartments, and if that is the case, pets can't be checked for the flight and must be carried on. As far as I know, though, the one carry-on pet per passenger would still apply. It would depend on the airline if or how they might be able to accommodate another pet. They may want you to purchase a second seat.
Many airlines also place restrictions on the number of pets that they will accept per flight, either checked or carry-on. You want to make sure to let them know about your pets when you make your reservation to make sure it doesn't conflict with other passengers who are bringing pets.
Remember that if you're on a connecting flight, there is always the possibility that you could miss your connection or it could be canceled, leaving you stranded in the airline's hub for a longer than expected amount of time. Make sure to bring emergency supplies, such as a day's supply of dry food, a bowl for water, and a small bag of litter with something that can be used as an impromptu litter box, such as a large shoe-box lid.
There is some very good advice on the ASPCA website:
I tend to agree with Uncle Stosh that if driving is possibility, you should consider it. It could save a lot of stress on them, as well as expense for you. Do you think your brother might consider meeting you halfway?
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