(Closed) Air travel with a dog

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Would you take your dog on an airplane?
    I have done it and recommend it : (10 votes)
    26 %
    I have done it, and I still wouldn't recommend it : (4 votes)
    10 %
    I haven't done it, but I would do it : (7 votes)
    18 %
    I haven't done it, and wouldn't recommend it : (18 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would NOT check a dog in the carrier/luggage area… as far as I know they are not temperature controlled at all 🙁 

    I can’t fly with my dogs since two of them are great danes, so they don’t fit in kennels (well, we have a gargantuan crate at home, but I doubt anyone could lift it with one of the dogs in it).

    We usually end up driving where we need to go- not easy or ideal, but that’s what we have to do.

    Post # 5
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’d really only consider flying with my dog if he was allowed in the main cabin with us. Dogs hate unfamiliar places, so a dark space where they’re confined for a long time is not enjoyable at all for them. It’s also pretty expensive to fly with your dog, and for that amount of money, you can find a pretty nice boarding place for your dog where he/she can play with other dogs and be a dog. 

    Post # 6
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I was on a plane with a dog in the baggage area, he barked/howled the whole trip.  Broke my heart..

    Post # 7
    14659 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had to take my 4 month puppy on a trip, and had to check him as luggage since he was 40 lbs already and didn’t fit.  We watched him go up and down the luggage ramp and he seemed calm and fine, just curious.  He was able to hold it the entire 6 or 7 hour trip too which was surprising.  (Unfortunately we had a layover).  Aside from the cost ($400 rt), I had no complaints.

    Post # 8
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I wouldn’t. I’d be terrified that my pet would be scared– I can’t even bear to think about the other things that happen to them under there 🙁

    FH has two cats, I”m not the biggest fans of them but I do love them. When we moved from Cali to the midwest, I absolutely refused to fly because they’d have to be put in the carriage area. One cat is a fatty, he’s over the weight/size limit, and the other kitty is a freakin beast, so she would try to escape and claw people to death on the plane. 

    As much as it sucked, we chose the 3+ day uncomfortable drive because the safety of the kitties was so important to us. 

    Leave puppy at home in my opinion.

    Post # 9
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    first, most airlines will not accept a pet for cargo if you will have a connection.  Find out if any carrier flies a nonstop.

    corgi’s may be classed as snub-nosed breeds which makes them more prone to breathing problems in flight, hence many airlines will not transport them in cargo. Often a dog may not be classed as snub-nosed but may still be rejected at check-in, at the agent’s discretion, leaving you to scramble last minute as to what to do with the dog.

    and there are temperature restrictions on both departure and destination which may mean your pet can’t fly if it is too hot or too cold. 


    Doggie is best off left at home, for a dozen reasons.

    Post # 10
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We bring our Frenchie as a carry-on all the time. She is realyl good tempered and just sleeps. She is used to it because we started it when she was young. The first few times we brought with us childrens benedryl incase she got noisey, but that never happened (she rarely ever barks to start with either)

    We have never had a problem with her breed at a checkin if she is a carry-on. We have flown 4 different airlines with her.  Southwest (cheapest for dogs), United, AA and I think Delta. Generally the breed restriction only accounts for cargo. The main portion of the plane is pressurized and temperature controlled. Something the cargo isnt always.

    Post # 11
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Your animal can die in the luggage hold. My dad’s dog died that way. If it’s just a vacation and not a move, I don’t think the risk is worth it!

    Post # 12
    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I voted that I’d do it, but that was before I read about the cargo part. I’d only take our pups in the main cabin. 

    Post # 13
    7524 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have only flown with my dog in the cabin.  We flew Delta and they upgraded me to first class because they had extra room and i had the carrier.  I dont think I would put my dog in the cargo hold.

    Post # 14
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Just FYI there is (or was) a doggie airLine. Just for dogs, created by dog owners who were concerned about flying with their pet. I’ll google it. I know it’s just a trip so likely not worth it but if anyone has to move in the future…

    Post # 15
    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Since a dog sitter at your home or a kennel would be way less.and no potential death is involved there is no way I would fly with my.dogs. 

    Post # 16
    1070 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I was on a direct flight from Chicago to Honolulu. They lost my dog. Only one flight and he was gone for over 12 hours. They found him in LA with a bunch of Chimps that were coming to HI for a movie… They guy who took him from me to put in the cargo area had put him on the wrong flight.

    Key phrase: THEY LOST MY DOG.

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