by Andrew Garcia
Feb 02, 2023
2 minute read
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Having Mesh Ventilation in Place
- Opting for a Soft-Sided Collapsible Carrier
- Considering The Combined Weight
- Prioritizing Adequate Security
One of the things you must put in place when flying with your pet is choosing a flight that allows pets. This is the foundation on which other preparations are made. Most airlines that allow flying with pets do so on the condition that you use the right carrier. Your pet carrier must tick certain boxes before you can board with your pet.
For instance, American Airlines has clear specific requirements for passengers flying with their pets. You can find these guidelines on their websites, including the pet travel fee, checked pet restrictions, temperature restrictions, carry-on pet restrictions, and destination restrictions. In addition, there are the kennel guidelines and limitations for carry-on pets, plus the carry-on kennel dimensions:
- Hard-sided kennel
- Mainline flights on American: 19 x 13 x 9 inches / 48 x 33 x 22 centimeters (length + width + height)
- Regional flights on American Eagle: 16 x 12 x 8 inches / 40 x 30 x 20 centimeters (length + width + height)
- Soft-sided kennel (recommended)
- 18 x 11 x 11 inches / 46 x 28 x 28 centimeters (length + width + height)
The carrier size requirements vary across airlines. So, if you are flying with your pet, you must reach out to the reservations in advance to ensure you are working with the correct dimensions. Other aspects you have to pay attention to include the following:
Having Mesh Ventilation in Place
Airlines require your pet carrier to be adequately ventilated. A carrier with mesh ventilation on three or more sides is mostly acceptable. This ensures your pet can breathe adequately while keeping the internal and external temperature constant. The PAWAii small and medium pet carrier has a breathable mesh fabric on four sides, ensuring your pet never runs out of fresh air or experience heatstroke. There is also an opening on the top that makes it easy to see and calm your pet.
Travel Pet Carrier
Opting for a Soft-Sided Collapsible Carrier
United Airlines requires that you keep your pet in the carrier with the door closed and the carrier right under your seat once you’re on your flight. This may be different if you are flying with other airlines. But having a soft-sided pet carrier means you can easily fit it under the seats. While the traditional pet carriers are not expandable, the PAWAii pet carrier is equipped with an expandable side. Therefore, your pet can stretch out easily after a long period of being enclosed. The collapsible design also makes the environment safer and less stressful for your pet.
Considering The Combined Weight
Some airlines have strict weight requirements on pets and carriers, particularly if you are traveling on business or first class with your furry friend. The officials will weigh your carrier and pet at check-in to ensure they meet the combined weight requirements. In the event that the weight exceeds the standard combined weight, you may not get on the plane with your pet.
The PAWAii travel pet carrier weighs only 1.6 kg and can bear the maximum weight of 13 lbs (about 5.89 kg). This is in line with most airlines’ boarding requirements for small and medium-sized pets.
Prioritizing Adequate Security
The design and material choice are major determining factors concerning pet carrier safety. The ideal pet carrier must have a smooth interior with zero protrusions, so the pet is not enticed to scratch or bite. The openings must be paw and nose-proof, preventing potential injuries to the handlers and animals. The PAWAii pet carrier remains secure and rigid despite having a collapsible, soft-sided design. The inbuilt anti-lost leash of it also ensures your pet doesn’t escape and stray away when you open the carrier. You can easily attach the leash of the PAWAii pet carrier to the collar of your pet to ensure they do not run away at any point in time.
The role of a pet carrier is to serve as a safe space while on the flight. Therefore, choosing the right carrier with the ideal dimension, material, and weight is important. In addition, the airline requirements for flying with a pet differ. So, whether you are boarding United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, or other airlines, we recommend checking the flight policies and requirements to ensure you can board with your pet without issues.
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