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post #31 of 42
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BTW, this is where I checked on the airlines' safety report:
http://www.petflight.com/
post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by KKH View Post
I do not want to put my cat in a cargo/baggage area for the flight to HI but seems I've no choice over it at all
I am taking a connecting flight since there is no direct flight from where I live(Tampa, FL) to Honolulu. First flight is probably 2 hours, a couple of hours lay-over, then the second flight would be 8 hours.

I have to buy a crate very soon to have her "crate-trained" prior to the actual travel date(end of August to early September) but I'm not too sure which one to buy. My agent's recommendation was either Vari-kennel or Iris USA. I've already checked some from petmate vari-kennel at a nearby petco store but I wasn't too impressed on the sturdiness or even the appearance of items I saw at the store.

I know that my cat can probably open the locks/doors as I'm quite sure that she'd try to escape if being contained in a small crate for longer hours - 12 hours at least. I'd definitely need to get a crate with unbreakable/ uncorruptible door comes with a reliable lock(or double-locks, maybe?).

Which crate would you recommend for longer transportation in air cargo?
In the Spring-Summer of 09, this great service is starting: Pet Airways! This is going to be a PET ONLY airline - no cargo shipping... Plus, you can drop the pet off the day before at their hotel, they will transport the pet on a limo to the airport, load them into the plane, serve on them (yep - it's pet only, and the flight attendants will serve them! ), and upon arrival take them to the hotel again.
I think it's going to be a wonderful service - since you are going to travel in August/September, you might want to consider it...
post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
In the Spring-Summer of 09, this great service is starting: Pet Airways! This is going to be a PET ONLY airline - no cargo shipping... Plus, you can drop the pet off the day before at their hotel, they will transport the pet on a limo to the airport, load them into the plane, serve on them (yep - it's pet only, and the flight attendants will serve them! ), and upon arrival take them to the hotel again.
I think it's going to be a wonderful service - since you are going to travel in August/September, you might want to consider it...


I've already moved but wish there was something like this when I moved.
I checked the site but seems they don't show a route to/from Hawaii...hope they will add it so my friend can use the service when she relocates from the mainland.
post #34 of 42
You cannot travel on board with pets to Hawaii. They have to go in cargo and be checked out and go to quarentine for awhile.

We just had Jack flown by himself to us in cargo. They put plastic locking straps on the carrier doors to secure them even more. A good sturdy carrier will be fine for the trip.

Jack was flown on Delta - no problem other then they sent him to the wrong part of the airport in MN and we had to wait for them to get the truck over to the other terminal. But we can't fault Delta - they were in the transition of combining NW and Delta and they were still crossing over.
post #35 of 42
Another vote for Continental here. My friend just had her cats fly with Continental from NJ to KS with a transfer & she wasn't even on the flight. All went well! Yay!

My cats are flying Continental in 5 days!
eep!

I'm most worried for my 2 youngest guys who haven't done this before.
One was a stray rescue & he's still noise sensitive. I'm SO very worried for him. I keep having to tell myself, it's one day out of their lives, just one day.
Keep my 5 kitties in your thoughts!!!! I was a nervous wreck when I flew them here 4 years ago & feel more confident now, but still....
post #36 of 42
My sisters kitten is coming on Continental this friday from Florida to california with a stop on texas.

post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by wendyr View Post
I think the issue here is the quarantine. Hawaii (like the UK and Ireland) has this sort of thing in effect - the animals have to be handled as cargo because they have to go through special sort of handling on either side.

Also, just for the record, most airlines (I can't say all because I haven't checked all!) won't let you travel with your in the main airplane for trans-Atlantic flights anymore. This is fairly recent. My friend did all sorts of research on this when she moved from Canada to Ireland - she was hoping that she could fly to the continent (the cats with her in the main cabin) and then have them vetted there - and then somehow transport them from France/wherever to Ireland. Very complicated, obviously, and it wouldn't have worked anyway because all the airlines she contacted said the same thing - no matter where she was flying trans-Atlantically she would have to put them in cargo. Maybe if she flew first class they would bend the rules...
It's rabies. We don't have it here.

You can sometimes get around these things though by flying into another EU country first, and then travelling to Ireland.

I know someone who brought his dog from Canada via Germany and then the UK because the UK had an agreement with Germany and we had one with the UK. It was to avoid a lengthy quarentine - the dog still had to spend 6 months in Germany under the care of a vet, but it was in a house, nothing more stressful. The UK would accept this in place of formal quarentine, and apparently you if you can get your pet into the UK, it only has to spend two days there and we'll accept it. Admittly, this was about seven years ago, so that may have changed.

In any case it's possible (though not necessarily probable) that if you flew to a continental EU member state you could keep the pet in the cabin, and then arrange to bring your pet to Ireland/UK. Even if you still couldn't bring the pet into the cabin the time in cargo would still be significantly shorter. (Obviously, this is all assuming your pet's all vaccined up in time to avoid quarentines etc.)
post #38 of 42
mews2much, please update with your experience. i actually found this site while looking up info for flying cats, so i think we could aid people in an ultimately really stressful time! i'll update when the kitties fly again!
post #39 of 42
Everything went fine with Continental yesterday.
The kitten went from Florida to Houston to San Jose.
post #40 of 42
My wife and I are moving to Seattle in a month or two, and the majority of Continental flights from Orlando to Seattle have a one hour or more stopover in Houston, TX. We have three cats, but one of them is small enough to fit inside a cabin carrier -- the other two will have to fly in cargo.

Where do the cargo cats stay when there is a layover? Are we able to visit them, or do they sit in a staging area until the next plane arrives?

Also, does anyone know how much extra the cost would be for flying with three cats?
post #41 of 42
My sphynx had a stop over in Houston also.
They have a place to put them in between flights.
Also my sisters kitten came from Florada with a stop over in Houston in March.
Everything was fine with both cats except for water being spill all over Cleo my cat.
I think it happened at our airport here.
Continental in Houston is good.
They have a place for the pets there.
Here is a link.

http://www.click2houston.com/travelg...66/detail.html
post #42 of 42
I've been so busy that I haven't had time to reply.
The 5 cats traveled from Ireland to NYC & are all in good health. My little tuxedo guy was so frightened that he pooped in his carrier. I felt awful for him, he was really scared. As soon as I got home I had to bathe him & he was pretty traumatized. I ran out & got a Feliway diffuser the next day & he came out of hiding. but once again, safe flights with Continental.

The cats are adjusting to less space in NYC, but they're very happy.
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