We talk a lot about flying with kids on this blog but now I need to know about flying with your dog!
The rich and famous do it all the time, but I’m trying to figure out how possible and how terrible it would be to fly with our 16-pound Shih Tzu (and three kids)?
Michael wants all of us to join him on trip out West later this summer — including the dog. But he’s never flown before.
I’ve heard horror tales of dogs dying from the heat (on the ground) or freezing to death (in the air) being in the cargo holds of planes so I feel like putting him below the plane is a non-starter. (Just imagine waiting for the carrier to come around the luggage conveyor and there being our dead pet inside. Can you imagine what the kids would do?)
You can try to convince me otherwise on putting the dog below the plane if you’ve had good experiences with this. Although it looks like according to Delta’s rules we couldn’t check the pet as baggage between May 15 through Sept 15 or anytime the ground temp is 85 degrees or above.
Summer Restrictions—May 15 through September 15
Winter Embargo—November 1 through March 31
Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage on flights operated between Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) and Sun Valley, ID (SUN), Twin Falls, ID (TWF), or Jackson Hole, WY (JAC).
Delta will not accept animals as checked baggage but may ship as cargo during extreme weather if at any point during the animal’s trip the temperature is forecast to be:
The site says you can ship as cargo but I’m not even clear on what that means – they would fly in the body of a different plane and meet you there? I think that would be scary for the pet not to be with you. I wouldn’t stick a kid alone on a plane.
So then there’s flying as a carry on. I’m just not completely sure he could fit below the seat – maybe in a soft carrier. I’m also not sure what you do if he’s barking the whole time. (I’m thinking the dog is staying home.)
“Pets As Carry On
Your pet can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee of 125 USD/CAD* (to be collected at check-in) for travel within U.S./Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico (200 USD/CAD/EUR* for travel outside the U.S., excluding Brazil where the fee is 75 USD/CAD/EUR*). Fee is $100 to/from/within Asia.
Pets permitted in the cabin include dogs, cats, and household birds. The following restrictions apply:
So tell me your experiences of flying with a dog. What is the best way to make it work? Do you drug the dog even as a carry on? How many pounds can the dog be and actually fit under the seat? Do they have to stay in the carrier the whole flight? Do they have to stay under the seat the whole flight? What about those rich ladies with the doggies in their purses? Can a parent actually control three kids and a dog on a plane?