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Dogs on a plane!

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So, the American Airlines pet policy says the temperature can't exceed 85* at any location on the itinerary.. has anyone actually had a problem with this? I understand why but, I just hope its below 85 on November 1st..

Posted : September 24, 2009 2:15 am
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There's actually a period when they won't fly larger animals onto or off the island. It starts in mid-May but I don't recall when it ends. The guy who rented our cottage a few years back was bringing his black lab and rotweiller down during the month of October. He had to rent a charter plane to get them from SJU to STX so it goes at least that long.

The restriction may only affect the American Eagle ATR-72 (puddle jumpers) because their cargo areas are not climate controlled. Best thing to do to get the right answers is call the airline.

Posted : September 24, 2009 11:15 am
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Good morning cjordan,

Please do a search -- this topic has been discussed a number of times, including in the past month. It depends on where your connections are and what time of day you'll be flying as to whether it will be too hot for your dog.

Posted : September 24, 2009 11:19 am
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AA is not climate controlled for dogs. It sucks for the dog.

Posted : September 24, 2009 12:44 pm
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Continental is climate controlled.

Posted : September 24, 2009 12:55 pm
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what size dog??

dogs on a plane? sounds nicer then snakes on a plane:-o

Posted : September 24, 2009 2:35 pm
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I flew my pets in at the end of August so it can definitely be done. The temperature on St Thomas on the day I arrived was expected to reach 86 or 87 degrees but not until 3PM. United Airlines used the temperature at the time of departure and the time of arrival to determine whether or not the pets could fly that day. Book an early morning flight such that you arrive before the heat of the day.

The amount of time the pets spend out on the tarmac should be of equal concern with whether the compartment is climate controlled. That's why I won't even consider a layover in the Caribbean.

Posted : September 24, 2009 3:12 pm
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Here is an article about Airlines and Pets.
Some might find it helpful!

Great article –


Posted : September 24, 2009 4:41 pm
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i thought all underbelly of planes were climate controlled.....or at least a section where they put the pets.

Posted : September 25, 2009 5:08 pm
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