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post #31 of 41
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Maybe I've watched Final Destination one too many times, but I just can't imagine flying any pets of mine. Esp. not the boys unless I was with them, for health reasons. Even if I'm with them it greatly concerns me given their lack of health generally. The boys aren't "normal" or "stable" cats, to say the least.

To me, it seems like people either hate flying or are OK with it. It just seems like a lot of hassle & I still have a lot of concerns. It's a 3 hour car drive to the airport, then then fly for 3-5 hours?, not sure how close the nearest airport is to home.....but the trip would only take half as much time if I flew them (that's my guesstimate, no idea if I'm even remotely correct). For my piece of mind, driving is almost easier.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by okiron View Post
actually they are NOT a piece of luggage and not put in the baggage area. the temperature is controlled and they are not loaded but handled by specific individuals. its basically like letting a child fly on their own and having a flight attendant assigned to them. a flight attendant will be assigned to your animals to make sure they are ok.


Continental Airlines is FANTASTIC with transporting animals by air.
post #33 of 41
Nat, when we moved to Germany over 25 years ago, we did so with a Siamese cat, who traveled with my husband as "hand luggage", and a Boxer, who flew "cargo" on my flight (we flew separately, for logistical reasons) . It meant a 3-hour drive to NYC, an 8-hour flight, and then another 3-hour drive from Frankfurt. You have to add check-in and luggage retrieval/passport control times to that. Our cat was 13 at the time, while the dog was young. Both were exhausted, but withstood the trip. Back then, airlines weren't quite as careful with live pets as they are now, and I did a lot of research on plane types, weather, etc., before making reservations. Nowadays, airlines are much more careful.

There are also companies that specialize in transporting pets by road. You might want to do a search for possibilities and prices.
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Maybe I've watched Final Destination one too many times, but I just can't imagine flying any pets of mine. Esp. not the boys unless I was with them, for health reasons. Even if I'm with them it greatly concerns me given their lack of health generally. The boys aren't "normal" or "stable" cats, to say the least.

To me, it seems like people either hate flying or are OK with it. It just seems like a lot of hassle & I still have a lot of concerns. It's a 3 hour car drive to the airport, then then fly for 3-5 hours?, not sure how close the nearest airport is to home.....but the trip would only take half as much time if I flew them (that's my guesstimate, no idea if I'm even remotely correct). For my piece of mind, driving is almost easier.

Nat, if you fly them out of out of Rochester, its only like 1.5 hrs from where you are, its closer than the Twin Cities anyways

Best of luck with whatever you choose, like others have said, you know the boys better than anyone else, do whats best for them
post #35 of 41
Where are you flying them to and from? Jack will be coming into the TC airports when he comes next year.
post #36 of 41
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I'm not flying them, not budging on that one. I thought the closest airport would be TC, but Rochester is closer. Otherwise Sioux Falls. They're all 1.5-2 hours away.
post #37 of 41
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I'm not flying them, not budging on that one. I thought the closest airport would be TC, but Rochester is closer. Otherwise Sioux Falls. They're all 1.5-2 hours away.
Just a thought...We've flown out of the Twin Cities airport, and the La Crosse, WI airport. The smaller La Crosse airport has much more personal service and we could watch our family leave when we took someone to the airport. You can see the runway and everything being loaded.

I can understand not wanting to fly them though. I think I've read one too many stories about dropping carriers and pets getting loose on the runway. The only way I would fly my guys is under my seat on a plane.

I do agree the big commercial planes are much quieter than the small planes. I remember riding in a small plane at my Dad's company picnic one year. That scared me! It was so loud and I was sure we were going to drop out of the sky. The big plane we took from Minneapolis to LAX was much better. Quieter and smoother.
post #38 of 41
I have flown animals without any problems. It can be humane, provided you stick with an airline that is reputable and has controlled places for the animals and you stick with direct flights, IMO. They are not just another bag of luggage and should never ever be treated as such. I have heard horror stories, but more often than not things go just fine with the airlines that have climate control and are used to taking care of pets.
I would much rather people fly their animals and take them with them during a move than leave them or take them to a shelter. They need to go with their family, as part of the family.
post #39 of 41
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Originally Posted by Ginger's Mum View Post
I've been wondring about this myself.
We want to take our cat to NZ with us from Japan in a few months and its a 12hr flight at best.

Do we drug her or what???
If you use a reputable pet transporter, the cat will be fine.

I have transported my kitties from the US to New Zealand and they came out of it fine. I used professionals and they were SO good, they kept me updated on everything. I still have my boys.
post #40 of 41
to me, regardless if the cats are scared, i would be for them. if i had to travel with my cats in a plane, i would want them there with me, somewhere i could see them and comfort them. i would be too afraid for them.
post #41 of 41
I think it depends on the airline you fly. When I've flown to Florida with my parents in prior years, we'd see cats/small dogs in carriers come out on that moving belt with the rest of the baggage while we were waiting for our bags. There was one woman who was going to a cat show and she had some nice looking Sphynx cats. But anyways, all those animals seemed fine.

But perhaps it depends on the person loading the bags and stuff. There was recently a dog who escaped from the airport in my area due to faulty handling by the personnel. He ran into the highway and was hit by a car and killed.

And I rememember once (last summer maybe) my dad and I were standing there watching the bags get loaded on a plane and the man doing the loading was throwing them up high in the air and watching them land heavily on the conveyor belt. I know they handle tons of bags all the time, but that's no reason to slam them on the conveyor belt. It would be easy enough just to toss them on.

Personally, I would fly small animals as a carryon bag under my seat. I would only fly my larger animals if I had no other choice, and I would probably be a nervous wreck the whole time. You just never know if the people handling the bags are responsible people, or people who don't give a flying F. Granted, I'm sure most animals who are flown get there with no complications, but there are always risks.
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