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loukosch
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Hey-
Quick question - I am returning to St Thomas this coming Tuesday and had planned to bring my cat but then I read that they have to have their shots 30 days before arriving. I took my cat for his boosters today, he's had shots prior to today. So what's the story? Is he ok to come or are they going to deny his entrance? I'm in a PANIC!!!!!!

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Topic starter Posted : March 13, 2010 9:23 pm
Jim72
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You need a health cert from the vet. Must be within 10 days of yur flight.

I have flown 4 times with my dog. Have only been asked for the cert once here in stt. Never on the return flight.

they only let 3-4 pets fly in cabin, so let the airline know.

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Posted : March 14, 2010 2:20 am
loukosch
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Jim72-
Thanks so much!! There is so much differing info out there that I freaked. I was given an International certificate by the vet even tho I requested a Domestic. They also said I would probably need the certificate to come from a USDA certified vet, which I thought I was getting since that's what I requested when I booked the appointment. I was having horror visions of leaving this poor guy stranded at the airport till I got it sorted out. So, really a big THANK YOU !!!

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Topic starter Posted : March 14, 2010 4:35 pm
DixieChick
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right....just have vet give you health certif right before you fly. airlines try to make it so hard. we always book our pets when we book our tickets. we have to pay for him separately but at least he has a seat....or should i say under the seat...

and sometimes don't even have to pay. if we get lucky.

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Posted : March 15, 2010 5:21 pm
Juanita
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The pet also counts as your carry-on, even though you have to pay for him/her. That doesn't seem right to me, since then they charge you for the checked bag, plus charge for the pet.

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Posted : March 15, 2010 7:47 pm
loukosch
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DixieChick-
Thanks for the info! I have reserved a space for him (he's got his own record locater number, that cracks me up). Hopefully all will be well as he's dying to wear his thong! LOL

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2010 8:26 pm
loukosch
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Juanita-
Uh, oh !! Americans web page stated that the animal is either "Your 1 carry-on or your personal item" !!?? I have a carry-on bag and Greebo was my personal item! I'm going to contact American again and cross my fingers. Wish us luck!
Lou and Greebo

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2010 8:30 pm
Ronnie
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Coming back eh?

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Posted : March 15, 2010 9:31 pm
loukosch
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Hey You -
Could anyone stay away from you?? I sent you greetings on a few older posts asking if you remembered me and YOU DO !!! I was there for a few weeks on a scouting mission and now I return this Tuesday. I will have my stateside phone number for the next few weeks, so please give me a call. I would like to see you!!
Lou
312.841.8899

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2010 10:18 pm
loukosch
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And on another note...do the taxis charge more if you are carrying your pet?

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2010 10:27 pm
roadrunner
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About the carry-on versus personal item thing... I'm glad that was brought up! I was always under the impression that the pet is your carry-on, so you're only allowed an additional personal item. However, I always thought that was unfair because my dog fits under the seat, where the personal item typically goes. She doesn't go in the overhead bin where the bigger carry-ons typically go! Anyone know where American Airlines stands on this issue?

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Posted : March 15, 2010 10:44 pm
stxem
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Your pet is your personal item and you are allowed a second "carry-on." I travel frequently with my dogs on American. They are considered my personal item and my largish roller suitcase is considered the carry-on. Never had a problem with this arrangement!

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Posted : March 16, 2010 1:18 am
Jim72
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I have never been charged for extra carry on. On usair, delta , or continental. Never fly american. That is flying with the dog and a backpack.

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Posted : March 16, 2010 1:19 am
Linda J
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Some taxis will not take animals, so be prepared for that.

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Posted : March 16, 2010 2:20 am
DixieChick
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yes i heard that also about some cabs taking pets. when you get to airport check and see who will.

remember they would not take that man and his seeing eye dog a few weeks back (was in newpaper)

that cab driver should have his name posted and kicked to the curb...

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Posted : March 16, 2010 11:53 am
loukosch
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Just goes to show there are still pirates on STT!! LOL*-)

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Topic starter Posted : March 16, 2010 12:03 pm
Linda J
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No, just lots of people afraid of dogs. And the driver that refused the service animal need retraining regarding ADA rules.

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Posted : March 16, 2010 1:46 pm
Ronnie
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They will take pets but you have to pay for a private taxi. They claim they have to fumigate afterward as there are others out there that have allergies towards cats and dogs.

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Posted : March 16, 2010 1:46 pm
DixieChick
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oh pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee fumigate???

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Posted : March 16, 2010 2:57 pm
loukosch
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UPDATE!!! Greebo the Cat is safe and on island (somewhere, the minute that kennel opened he was gone) No one asked me for a look at those hard won papers and I did have to cough up a 100.00 fee on American. When I asked why i was told "Because he's livestock" So, all's well that ends well and thanks for all the great info.

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Topic starter Posted : March 17, 2010 8:09 pm
chockman
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Live Stock. Good God is American serving Cat these days ? I wonder if that person even knows what the word Pet means.

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Posted : March 17, 2010 8:14 pm
Linda J
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Ric and I traveled to Kentucky today to visit relatives. A friend was on the same plane to SJU and hopping mad. She was also visiting relatives in the states and was planning to travel with her very small dog. She's done this before with problems. But today she was asked for the pet's health certificate and didn't have one. She had to call a friend to come get the dog and take it back home.

So, whether they ask for it every time or not, it is a requirement and can be required at any time.

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Posted : March 18, 2010 2:34 am
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