Choosing a container for transporting an animal in the aircraft cabin.
The vacation period is exciting for all pet owners, and in order to take a pet with you, you need to worry about preparing for the flight in advance, and this preparation includes not only buying a ticket for your four-legged or feathered friend, but also getting vaccinated animal, preparation and collection of all necessary certificates and documents, and, of course, the purchase of a container for transporting the animal.
Animals are transported only in containers that meet certain requirements, with the exception of guide animals and, in some cases, service dogs. (Before proceeding with the selection of a container for transportation, we advise you to familiarize yourself with the airline of your choice with the requirements that they impose when transporting an animal.)
The transportation of animals on an aircraft depends on a number of factors.
- The laws of the country from which the flight departs and the laws of the country of destination.
- Of the rules of the air carrier.
- The type of animal, its size, weight.
Most airlines establish that animals whose weight with the transport container must not exceed 8 kg can be carried in the cabin, all other animals whose weight together with the container exceeds 8 kg are transported only in the luggage compartment. But the requirements of airlines for the size of containers for transportation in the cabin differ. So these requirements are established based on the dimensions of the passenger seats installed in the aircraft cabin.
Requirements for containers used for transporting animals on an aircraft.
The container must have a strong, stable structure. Capable of withstanding the additional load placed on top during transportation in the luggage compartment and not sagging under load. The container inside should not have voids, cracks in which claws and paws of an animal can get stuck. The container must not have sharp corners inside, all corners must be rounded for the safety of the animal.
The bottom of the container should not allow moisture to pass through and must necessarily have sides. The bottom should be covered with moisture-absorbing hygiene products (special diapers, filler). The use of straw for these purposes is prohibited due to the ban on its import in many countries.
The containers, without exception, must have ventilation holes from at least three different sides. Ventilation openings should be small and prevent the paws of the animal or other body parts from sticking out. Otherwise, the ventilation openings must be covered with a mesh.
On long flights, containers should be equipped with a drinker and food container. In this case, the water container must be securely fixed. Drinking bowls should be designed to exclude water leakage. The drinker should be secured inside, while providing the ability to replenish food and water from the outside without opening the container. In this case, the owner of the animal must ensure the availability of appropriate food and water for the animal.
Containers must be labeled without fail. A sticker is attached to each container, which indicates the type of animal, the top of the container and the designation that the container contains “live cargo”. Container markings must not obstruct ventilation openings.
Size of the container for transporting an animal in the cabin is limited. The sum of the lengths of the three sides (width, height, depth) cannot exceed 115 cm. The height of the container is not less than the height of the animal, taking into account the height of the ears, the width of the container must be twice as wide as the animal, the length of the container is not less than the length of the animal plus half the length of its paws. It is this ratio that ensures the comfort of the animal during the flight.