NEWS IN FLYING WITH YOUR FURRY FRIEND in 2021

For some, traveling with a companion animal is essential.  Here’s the latest news and changes all about travel with your pet:


Dogs returning to the US from Banned Countries –Good News

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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 FlightAware. 

USATODAY.com

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

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 ONAUGUST 19, 2021

MELTDOWN: AMERICAN AIRLINES CANCELS OR DELAYS OVER 1,000 FLIGHTS

 MATTHEW KLINT  POSTED ON

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 Process
From 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.
  • Most 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.

Published by Stephanie Anne Fling

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