Features of Airline Approved Pet Kennels

Pet kennels are useful when the pet is transported, especially in public means of transportation. Cats and dogs are often taken on a flight and there are certain features airlines require for the safety of the pet, as well as the safety of the other passengers. The requirements may vary from one air carrier to another, but there are a few requirements that are common for all.

Approved Size

When it comes to the size of the pet kennel, each air carrier will have specific requirements, which should be present on the agreement you sign when purchasing the tickets. Typically, the size of the carrier should be no more than:

  • Height: 9 inches (23 cm)
  • Width 15 inches (40 cm)
  • Length: 21 inches (55 cm)

If the pet travels with you in the passenger cabin, the size of the kennel should fit under the passenger seat.

The kennel should be big enough for the pet to move around, so that he will be comfortable at all times. The kennel should also be big enough so that you can place a food and a water bowl in it. The bowls should be taped to the bottom of the kennel.

Waterproof Bottom

Most airlines will ask for a waterproof bottom for the pet kennel. This will protect your pet, so make sure you choose a kennel that won't allow water to get in or out of the kennel.

Airlines accept pet kennels made of plastic, metal or fabrics.

Opening of the Kennels

There are two types of kennels when it comes to the opening. Some kennels have a front opening, while others have a top opening. Both are accepted on flights, but it is important that the kennel has ventilation and allows the pet to have access to air, so he will be comfortable. For the pet's safety, it's best if the kennel has ventilation on at least two sides. It is also important that the opening is secured and the pet won't be able to bend it and get out of the kennel during the flight.

Signs on the Kennel

You will have to make sure to place a sign which says "This Side Up" as well as a tag with your address and phone number, in case the pet kennel is misplaced.

Register in Advance

Most airlines will require that you register your pet at least 24 hours before boarding. Make sure you know about this rule, so that your pet can fly with you. You will have to pay an additional fee, which will vary from airline to airline.

Talk to the Airline Rep

Before taking a flight, you need to talk to the airline representatives to ask for special requirements they may have regarding pets and pet carriers. Not all airlines have the same requirements and it is better to be prepared than refused boarding. These requirements may be mentioned on the agreement when you purchase the tickets, so make sure to read carefully before signing.