Yet again, a certain airline has made its way into headlines. This time, a rabbit died while waiting in one of the airline’s pet holding facilities. This latest incident has raised the question of what options do pet owners have when they need to transport their pet long distances.
There are typically 3 options for pet owners when they are flying with their pet.
• Pets can be checked as baggage in the cargo hold.
• Service animals, which are not considered pets, can be in the cabin of the airplane without being in a carrier.
Most animals will have to fall within the first 2 options, since the last one is reserved for service animals only. The availability of the first 2 options is dependent on the airline with which you are flying. This is due to the fact that the FAA allows each airline to designate their own rules regarding the transport of pets. However, each airline has to follow certain guidelines for pets in carry on containers.