My mom and sister's cats: Nickel (top of the cat tower and in the pink carrier) and Smudge (bottom of the tower and in the black carrier).
When my mother and sister moved from southeast Pennsylvania to Orange County, Calif., last year, they had to figure out how to transport their cats across the country. After a little bit of research, my mom decided to take her furry pals, Nickel and Smudge, on the flight with her as carry-ons.
“I made the mistake of reading horror stories of things that happened to pets while in the cargo area,” says Megan Reese, my mother. “I decided as soon as I read those tales that they had to come with me in the cabin.”
Many airlines, including my mother’s preferred Southwest, allow cats and small dogs to fly in the cabin as carry-ons. Of course, there are some rules that come with lugging a pet on a plane. Southwest requires prior notice, charges a fee of $75 per pet, and allows only five animals per scheduled flight, on a first-come-first-serve basis. The animal has to be in a carrier, and has to fit under the seat in front of you. The airline allows one carrier per person, but if your pets are tiny enough, they allow you to bring along two in a single a carrier. Those are the basics, but there are more things to consider on Southwest’s website.
The part that made my mom nervous, though, was passing through security.Read More »