For many people their pets become members of the family, and as such they often wish to bring their beloved animals along with them when they travel. And while traveling they want to ensure that their pet is treated with all the care and attention that they receive when at home.
Commercial travel can be very hard on both pet and owner. First, the inconvenience and potential headaches of TSA security lines and procedures are made even worse when traveling with an animal, as check-in procedures require pet owners to arrive an additional 45 minutes earlier than usual. This is in addition to the major hassle of simply transporting your cat or dog through a crowded commercial airport to begin with.
The next problem is that major airlines will only allow pets to travel in-cabin if they are small enough to be carried in an approved kennel, which among other things is one that is small enough to fit under the seat. This means that all medium-sized and larger pets must be stowed away with the passenger luggage in the cargo hold. It’s loud, dark, cold, and bumpy down there, which of course causes animals a lot of undue stress and trauma. This is obviously a highly stressful and scary environment for any pet, especially older ones.
Then there is the concern about the cost of transporting your pet. All major carriers have significantly raised the fees they charge for bringing pets onboard, matching or in some cases even surpassing the $100 surcharge each way they typically charge for children flying alone. Fees vary depending on whether the pet flies under your seat, or as checked baggage or cargo, which involve extra handling. American, Delta, United and Continental charge $125 each way for pets in the cabin. United charges the most for pets traveling as checked baggage: $250 each way or $500 round trip.
Pet safety has also become a pressing issue for owners, with incidents of animals being lost, injured or dying while traveling commercially on the rise. According to the Department of Transportation, 39 animals died while flying aboard commercial aircraft in the US during 2010, compared with 22 the year before. Thirteen pets were injured in 2010 as well, while five were lost. While those numbers may represent a small percentage of the animals flown by the airlines that year, they expose the serious dangers that pets face while traveling.
In fact because of these risks there are more instances where airlines will simply not allow pets to travel in the first place. Carriers typically will not accept pets as checked baggage or cargo when the temperature is forecast to exceed 85 degrees or fall below 20 degrees at any location on the animal’s itinerary. Many airlines will also not accept snub-nosed pets as cargo, since they are prone to breathing problems. Thus travelers with dog breeds such as a Boxer, Bulldog, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff, Shih Tzu, Boston Terrier, Shar Pei or cat breeds such as a Persian, Burmese, Himalayan or Exotic Shorthair cannot travel commercially even if they wished to do so.
But there are pet-friendly alternatives to these major hassles and putting your beloved dog or cat at risk, being treated like a piece of luggage as the commercial airlines will do. Priority One Jets knows how much you love your pets, and we’re experts on finding proper aircraft that allow them to travel like the family member that they are. We will make arrangements so that your cat or dog has a warm, soft and comfortable place within the cabin of the aircraft. We can work with you and the private jet charter flight provider to schedule rest-stops, place toys on board, even have crews assigned that are extra pet-friendly!
You don’t need to put your pet through the trauma that they will experience with commercial travel, or risk the loss, injury or even death of a furry loved one. Charter a flight with Priority One Jets and discover a much safer, smarter way to fly with your pet! Let us show you the high level of superior service, convenience, flexibility and luxurious comfort that we provide to clients every day via our private jet charter services.
Call us at 888-671-5387 and speak to one of our experienced air charter agents when you’re planning your next trip, available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can arrange your next flight with as little as four hours’ notice and get both you, your traveling party and your treasured pets to your destination quickly, safely and in total comfort – all at the best available pricing.