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Old 05-30-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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I am moving down from NYC and have 2 dogs, 1 is small enough to take on plane. the other is too large and will have to fly in cargo, which I do not want.. I am starting to research pet airlines, where the dogs fly in the passenger part of the plane (and no humans allowed). Anyone have any experience with this, esp Petair?? Thanks
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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Why not just drive down with them?
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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We flew our white schnauzer in from a breeder in LA via US Air.
He arrived healthy and happy.

The expensive alternatives might make you feel better, but I'm not sure the dog cares.


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Old 05-31-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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That's one comfortable puppy.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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We moved from the West Coast to Charlotte during August. Airlines would not take pets in cargo during the summer due to extreme heat and we had a layover. We used Animal Air. Lucky for us, the company picked up the bill and our beloved dog arrived safe and sound. They picked him up from our home and drove him to the airport; my husband met him on this end.
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Old 05-31-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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from what I understand, it can be quite traumatic for the dogs, especially since he won't have the other dog for company. My girl friend traveled on a regular plane with her dogs in cargo and they wouldn't look at her for a week. I don't know what went on, but they were very upset with her. I think it's extremeely noisy in cargo and nerve wracking as well. Whichever way you deceide, take the noise into consideration and also temperature comfort into consideration.
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Old 05-31-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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there ya go! That way your dogs will know where you are and you can attend to their needs. What's the rush anyway?!? Stop along the way and enjoy some sights!
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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"there ya go" in regards to BARKINGOWLS comment about just driving down
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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In earlier threads, the OP has said they do not drive, so I think that's why it's a flight-related thread.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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The airlines don't like to share this tidbit with folks, but after the crash of ValuJet (reborn as AirTran) in the Everglades in 96 due to a fire that started in the cargo hold, passenger aircraft were mandated to be retrofited with fire suppression systems in the cargo hold. This fire suppression system involves the release of halon gas into the cargo hold, and that sucks the oxygen out of the air in the event of a fire, thereby suppressing the fire. Don't get me wrong, that's great if there's a fire in there, and it's an excellent device, but anyone considering stowing their living/breathing pet in the cargo hold should be aware of this. Even if the fire sensor goes off and there is no actual fire, your pet will likely end up dead if not very seriously hurt.

Additionally, as someone already mentioned, the cargo hold is a terribly loud, bumpy, and unpleasant place to be. It's meant for inanimate objects (ie. luggage/cargo), not for anything that breathes. I just bought a nice, new, pricey suitcase and the zipper was ripped off after its first use, so I know it's pretty wretched in there.

Please, for your pets' safety and well-being, drive or put them on PetAir if they absolutely must fly. They sound like a pretty cool operation. Safe travels to you all!
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