When it comes to air pet travel, everyone does their part to ensure your pet’s safety. The US. Department of Transportation says two million animals travel on commercial flights each year. Air Cargo World found that less than 0.01 percent of pets that fly have incidents, making it quite safe. There are even worldwide organizations such as IPATA (International Pet & Animal Transportation Association) that have risen to prominence in the interest of pet safety & well-being.
When pets are transported to the airport from our pet resort, they are kept in an air conditioning vehicle at all times.
Our trained pet handlers check them in at the airport where they are cared for by airport personnel inside the airport’s temperature-controlled pet facilities.
APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S) is part of the Department of Agriculture and they are the ones who enforce the federal Animal Welfare Act. In this act there are several requirements that have been stated to provide safe transportation of animals. Some of these requirements include the age of the pets traveling, the size, ventilation and strength of the carriers the pets travel in, the amount of time before a flight that they pets can be at the airport, restrictions on outside temperature on the day of travel, health certificates, etc.
Strictly enforced documentation for health checks and vaccinations are required when checking in, this means there has been a thorough assessment by a USDA accredited veterinarian of each pet to ensure they are healthy enough to travel. Airpets America only works with pet friendly airlines that offer air conditioned & heated pressurized cargo holds (your pets breathe the same air as you and I would in the main cabin), pet friendly airport vehicles and staff that has been trained to care for pets.
When it’s time for the flight, your pet is put onto the plane last and taken off first. The plane’s pilots are always aware that there are live animals on board. Your pet is secured inside their crate in a designated pet area away from luggage. If routing requires a stop before the final destination, a comfort stop is provided for your pet in an animal lounge, depending on the length of time this can include an overnight stay, a potty walk or a meal with fresh water.
With pet travel experts like Airpets America you can rest assured that everything possible is being done to ensure your pet has the safest and most relaxing air travel possible.