Shipping Pets in the Era of CoronaVirus

Background

As one goes about life one occasionally finds yet another area that has been impacted by Covid-19.

Pet Shipment

In our post, we will touch on how Covid-19 has impacted Pets Shipments.

Airlines

Outline

  1. American Airlines
  2. Delta Airlines
  3. SouthWest

American Airlines

  1. Summer heat restrictions
    • During the summer season, the temperature is just not safe enough for pet travel in certain historically hot destinations.
    • So for your pet’s safety, we won’t accept or transport any animals to, through or from the listed locations between May 1 and Sept. 30:
    • Cities
      • Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
      • Palm Springs, CA (PSP)
      • Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
      • Tucson, AZ (TUS)
  2. Document Requirements
    • Health certificates
      • Please bring two copies (the original and one extra) issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel for both the outbound and return trips.
    • Rabies vaccination certification
      • Please bring one copy issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian
    • Customer Acknowledgement Form
      • We ask that each customer sign the acknowledgment form to confirm that they have followed the steps necessary to prepare their pet for safe travels with us.
      • The customer’s signature on this required form lets us know that they have reviewed and accept the statements included.
    • Breed Verification Form
      • For the animal’s safety, we’ve standardized our breed verification.
      • This will help vets to provide consistent and accurate information about all pets to ensure every animal flying with us are on the approved breed list.

 

Inflight

  1. Carry-on pets
    • On American flights, you can bring 1 kennel as your carry-on bag if:
      • You pay the carry-on pet charge
      • Your pet stays in the kennel and under the seat in front of you the entire flight
      • You can travel with your pet carrier and one personal item, but you won’t be permitted to bring a carry-on bag in addition to a pet carrier and personal item. Instead, the kennel will replace your carry-on bag.
  2. Checked pets
    • You can travel with up to 2 checked pets that meet the minimum age and health requirements of your destination. Please note that as capacity is limited, we accept checked pets on a first-come basis. When checking a pet, you’ll need to:
      • Contact Reservations at least 48 hours prior to travel
      • Check-in at the ticket counter
      • Allow extra check-in time (can’t check pets more than 4 hours before your flight)
      • Complete a checklist with an agent
      • Provide a health certificate
      • To ensure the health and safety of your pet, the health certificate you provide must be issued by a vet within:
        • 10 days of your travel
        • Same Ticket
          • 60 days of your return (travel on the same ticket)
        • Separate Ticket
          • 10 days of your return (travel on a separate ticket)

Delta Airlines

Link

  1. InFlight Shipment
    • If your pet doesn’t fit in a carrier in the seat in front of you, you can ship your pet with our special shipping service Delta Cargo.
    • Remember, special exceptions apply for passengers traveling with service animals and U.S. Military or U.S. State Department Foreign Service Offices
  2. Cargo Shipment
    • Due to changing flight schedules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Cargo will temporarily embargo all PET shipments effective April 1, 2020, until further notice.
    • The embargo applies to all live animals transported in cargo under the PET product code throughout the domestic and international network

 

Southwest Airlines

Link

  1. InFlight Shipment
    • In-cabin Pet Carriers
      • Get your official Southwest Airlines branded pet carrier for $58 (tax included) at any Southwest Airport Ticket Counter or online at Southwest – The Store ( Link )
      • Pet carriers are nonrefundable.
    • Pet Carrier Requirements:
      • Southwest Airlines allows only one pet carrier per ticketed Passenger.
      • The carrier may contain two (2) cats or dogs and must be of the same species per carrier.
      • The cat or dog must be completely inside the pet carrier and be able to stand up and move around the carrier with ease.
    •  Restriction
      • Southwest Airlines does not accept pets (cats or dogs) traveling without a Customer.
    • Traveling with Pets: Security
      • When passing through security, Customers will be asked to hold the pet and walk through the screening device while the carrier is x-rayed.
  2. Cargo Shipment
    • Under no circumstances will we accept pets in the cargo binSouthwest Airlines only accept cats and dogs in-cabin.
      Link

 

Summary

If you need to travel with pets or ship them, please review the requirements and plan properly.

If the pet will be flying in-flight, the following airlines should be in your consideration list:-

  1. American Airlines
  2. Delta
  3. SouthWest

On the other hand, if the pet will have to fly on its own, the following airlines should be in your shortlist:-

  1. American Airlines

 

References

  1. American Airlines
    • American Airlines \ Pets
      Link
    • Cargo
      Link

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