Here’s the latest news, legislation changes, airline, ferry and transport disruptions that impact travel with your Pet:
AeroMexico expands Pet Friendly Flights Internationally
See AeroMexico Pet Policy here AeromExico Pet Policy
Etihad Airways UP Pet Fee from $200 USD to $1500!
The 11 Cheapest Airline Pet Fees: 2022
Pet Friendly JSX Airlines now allows Dogs Up To 79lbs IN CABIN All first class seats and you can purchase the seat next to you and your Pup will fly on the floor space. cAN i BUY A SEAT ON A PLANE FOR MY DOG?
Blind woman’s guide dog was ‘squashed’ in footwell for 8 hours on 2 WestJet flights, report says
This is why I always recommend that if you book you Pet through a 3rd Party–always contact the airline directly to inform of your Pet’s Travel!. In this case, the 3rd party booking cite failed to contact the airline to reserve a larger seat space. business insider august 2022
Airlines are separating families on rebooked flights. Here’s what to know.
“there’s no law that requires airlines to keep families or pets and owners together.” washington post.com
Pet-Friendly Comfort in Airline Crisis Time IATA and Humane Society International have drafted rules and guidelines for Airline Pet Travel during a Crisis. IATA.com
Finnair says…”We have good news for pets travelling! From
1 August 2022 onwards, pets can again travel in the aircraft hold on our long-haul flights to and from the USA”. See also, Can I Buy a Seat on a Plane for my Dog? Finnair.com
CBD for Pets: Benefits, Uses, and Things to Consider
We can all use a bit of Calming when traveling with Pets and none more so than our Companion Pets. greatpetcare.com
Flying is Hard Right Now!
I would add…especially when flying with Pets in 2022. Here is some much needed advice from a Flight Attendant Kristie Koerbel, flight Attendant reposted here on Companionpettravel
Air Canada Bans Pets From Traveling In Cargo Until September 12, 2022
Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk
Among research into the use of emotional support animals, is a pilot study by a team including Hoy-Gerlach that paired 11 participants with serious mental illness with a rescue dog or cat. The results suggest the participants experienced an improvement in their mental health wellbeing, with reductions seen in anxiety, depression, and loneliness – however, the pilot was small and lacked a control group. The Guardian. June 3, 2022 Airlines continuing to refuse to allow ESAs is not beneficial to either the animal or the human. See all the Airlines that still allow Emotional Support Animals on Flights AIRLINES THAT ALLOW EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS IN 2022
SHOULD A DOG USE PASSENGER LAVATORY ON AIRPLANE?
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French Bee Launches Los Angeles–Paris Flights From $321
LaCompagnie Airlines Adds Pet Friendly NY to ITALY allowing Dogs and Cats Up to 33lbs IN CABIN
UK Ferry Company Fires 800 Seafarers Ferry Transport from England, UK and France Severely Disrupting Transport of Pets and Pet Parents Travel CNN.COM
Petition to Change Flying with Pets Airline Regulations. Join Rina Greenberg’s FB page and help make Airlines Change how Pets are Treated
Flying with Pets: Change is Coming PLEASE take a look at the iPetition and Sign iPetition
Counterfeit Canines: the Air Travelers with Fake Service Dogs Bottom Line: We need Pet Friendly Alternatives for Air Travel with Pets The Guardian
Frequent Pet Travel in the US? You May Want the Southwest Companion Pass
Couple Quit their Jobs to Become Full-Time Pet Sitters
Another nomad couple finding a way to travel and earn a living while still enjoying time with Pets MSN.COM
New Animal Welfare Law in Spain–Animals are Sentient Beings
Custody Awarded to Neighbor Who Cared for Dog for 4 Years While “Owner” was Traveling Spanishnewstoday.com
Wave of Cancelled Flights From Omicron Flight Cancellation, What Can You Do? Cancelled Flight, Delayed Flight, What to Do
Dogs returning to the US from Banned Countries –Good News! The CDC is making it easier for US Pets to Return Home from High Risk Rabies Banned Countries. companionpettravels.com
BREXIT Changes Travel to UK for Pets It’s getting more expensive and new paperwork for your Pet is needed including a Animal Health Certificate (ACH) as well as your Pet Passport or USDA/APHIS Health Certificate. EuroWeeklynews.com
The Best and Worst Airlines for Pets in 2021, According to a New Study
See Also: What Airlines Allow Snub-Nose Pets in Cabin https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-pet-friendly-airlines-2021
FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS CONTINUE ON AMERICAN AIRLINES
It is difficult enough to find flights for our furry friends, but with all the cancellations, American is just not a good choice. https://liveandletsfly.com/flight-cancellations-american-airlines/
The 10 Best Fall Train Rides in the U.S.
Many Amtrak Routes Accept Small Dogs and Cats. It’s a great way travel with your companion when flying is just not an option. https://www.smartertravel.com/fall-train-rides/
Southwest has canceled 1,018 Sunday flights as of 2 p.m. ET, according to flight tracker
From the Green Book to Black & Abroad Eric Martin reached back into the Green Book’s tradition by creating Black & Abroad, a cultural collective dedicated to redefining world experiences for the modern Black traveler. Blackandabroad.com
Why more Travelers are Flying their Pets by Private Jet There’s a dynamic shift in who’s traveling and why–job relocation and more available time, but the biggest reason: commercial airlines are struggling to keep up with the demand CNN Travel Section
US State Department makes it (a bit) Easier for Transgender Pet Parents to Travel Transgender Americans can now more easily change the gender marker on their US passports, the State Department announced Wednesday, promising to unveil more gender-inclusive changes to passport applications in the future. By Devan Cole, CNN
My home, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico takes the Number 1 Best City in the World by Travel+Leisure This beautiful, historic city consistently wins awards for all the wonder it shares with Travelers and their furry Pets, and this year, we did it again! See my guide to Pet-Friendly San Miguel de Allende BY MAYA KACHROO-LEVINE SEPTEMBER 08, 2021
CEO of K9s for Warriors, says for the first time in American history, the VA can pay for service dogs for veterans with PTSD. Author: First Coast News Staff, Casey Feindt,
LUFTHANSA PREDICTS USA WILL NOT REOPEN TO EUROPEANS UNTIL CHRISTMAS While Lufthansa has been hit by a lack of westbound leisure demand, its transatlantic flights have been “profitable” this summer due to strong American demand and even stronger demand for cargo transport. MATTHEW KLINT POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
Alitalia Cancels All Flights And Prepares For Closure In October It’s official: Alitalia is shutting down. While the end of the airline has been clear for months now, the carrier has officially announced that it will stop flying from 14th October. All flights beyond this date are canceled, and passengers may request a refund or travel before the 14th. From the 15th of October, ITA will become the new Italian flag carrier, kicking off a new era for Italian aviation. byPranjal Pande August 25, 2021
WARNING: RENTAL CAR PRICING IS OBSCENE IN EUROPE TOO If you thought the problem of depleted inventory and high pricing was constrained to the U.S. car rental market, think again. Europe isn’t much better. Be prepared for extreme sticker shock. Matthew klint september 3, 2001 at live and let’s fly
American Airlines offers customers front-door pet delivery service provided by My Pet Cab American Airlines offers customers front-door pet delivery service provided by My Pet Cab American Airlines has made pet travel easier through a new add-on service provided by the animal transportation experts at My Pet Cab, who offer pet owners a safe and seamless home delivery service for their furry friends, says release. CargoConnect.com august 25, 2021
U.S. Passport Renewals Are Taking Months—Here’s What to Know If your passport expires within the next year, you need to get moving. BY KELSEY OGLETREE July 29, 2021
Delta Airlines announces their new program for at-home personal COVID-19 tests for Delta customers to meet test requirements introduced by the CDC and many international governments during the pandemic. Convenient and accurate in-home rapid antigen tests that can be shipped directly to a home address or picked up locally are now available for purchase on delta.com. delta.com
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES DELAYS OVER 1,300 FLIGHTS AS SUMMER OF MISERY CONTINUES On Tuesday, August 17th Southwest Airlines cancelled 159 flights (roughly 4% of its schedule) and delayed 1,034 flights (29% of its schedule) On Wednesday, August 18th Southwest Airlines cancelled 134 flights (3% of its schedule) and delayed 1,358 flights (38% of its schedule) MATTHEW KLINT POSTED ON AUGUST 19, 2021
MELTDOWN: AMERICAN AIRLINES CANCELS OR DELAYS OVER 1,000 FLIGHTS MATTHEW KLINT POSTED ON AUGUST 19, 2021
Beginning July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension for dogs imported from high-risk countries for dog rabies. CDC has the authority to issue a CDC Dog Import Permit for US citizens and lawful residents relocating from high-risk countries to bring their dogs into the United States. Such permits will be issued on an extremely limited basis.
First 90-Day Transition ProcessFrom July 14 through October 14, 2021, dogs coming from high-risk countries with CDC Dog Import Permits can enter the United States at one of these 18 airports: Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit, Honolulu, Houston (IAH), Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, and Washington, DC (Dulles).
After October 14, 2021, dogs coming from high-risk countries with CDC Dog Import Permits must enter only at . approved ports of entry
All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy on arrival.
Dogs that have not been in a high-risk country in the previous 6 months are not required by CDC to present a rabies vaccination certificate or other paperwork, but vaccination against rabies is recommended.
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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS NO LONGER GIVEN PRIORITY TO FLY IN CABIN
Following years of abuse by too many travelers, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) revised their regulation to exclude Emotional Support Animals as Service Animals.
You can still fly with your pet, but for most airlines, the animal must be a DOMESTIC DOG, CAT OR BIRD.
DOMESTIC DOG, CATS and BIRDS are allowed in Cabin and
Cargo or Checked Baggage.
These pets must meet the individual airlines’ size, weight, breed, and behavior restrictions.
airlines have temperature restrictions and do not allow pets if the plane is traveling to a destination that is either too hot or too cold. These restrictions are in place so the animals are not exposed to extreme temperatures when in Cargo or Checked Baggage. So, what time of year you fly, your departure location and destination choice is important. There are restrictions on long-haul flights. Many airlines restrict carrying
pets in cargo or as checked baggage on flights longer than 12 hours.
SERVICE ANIMALS are EXCEPTIONS TO FLYING IN CABIN
For nearly all airlines, traveling with SERVICE DOGS allow the dog to travel in the cabin as long as each airline specific requirement is met including that:
The dog can sit at your feet, under the seat, or on your lap. It must fit within the “footprint” of your seat. It cannot encroach on the seat next to yours. Also, you cannot buy your dog its own seat.
The dog must be clean, healthy, and well-behaved.
EXCEPTIONS FOR FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS AND US MILITARY PERSONNEL Flying with a Pet.
If you are a Foreign Service Office or US Military flying with a pet, you may be able to fly with your pet but, you must have a prior approval from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as discussed above.
We will continue to update changing rules and regulations for air travel with pets.