Is it safe to fly with my dog in the cargo area of the air plane?

This will be my first time taking my 5lb yorkie on a plane and I’m very nervous
The plane ride is about 3-4hours. On the flight down he will be flying with me in the cabin but on the way home he has to be under the plane in the cargo area, has anyone done this before? is it safe?

i have flown all over the world with my small dogs traveling in cargo … cargo is climate controlled just like where the passengers are … it is completely safe and you have nothing to worry about …

admin posted at 2012-11-26 Category: Cargo Control

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  1. #1LaurieLoves @ 2012-11-27 05:06

    ask yourself this, would you put your human baby in the cargo hold? it makes flying complicated, but i nevvvvver would do that
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  2. #2Austin Myers @ 2012-11-27 05:24

    That is how all animals fly. Consider it a privilege that you are able to have him on the cabin for the first flight. The only thing you should worry about is him getting bumped around a little.
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  3. #3CrushSteffy @ 2012-11-27 05:51

    Yep- it’s safe for dogs and cats. If it’s not, the airline will impose an embargo and not allow pets to be transported in the cargo area.

    Just give him a small amount of sedative (like really tiny), and he should be ok. It’s not too long of a flight.
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    Military brat- done this w/ cats and dogs overseas and back.

  4. #4Joe Robinson @ 2012-11-27 06:34

    Yes you will be perfectly safe even with your dog in the cargo area of the plane. Unfortunatley for your dog, not so much. Many factors some include temprature, air pressure, air quality, losing luggages. Things like that. hope that helps.
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  5. #5Evey Sarrais @ 2012-11-27 06:42

    all animals fly in the cargo area. they’re kept in proper crates that are fixed into place. they’re not just thrown in with the rest of the luggage. you’re lucky that you can take him into the cabin area at all. i didn’t even think aeroplanes allowed that any more.
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  6. #6sisu @ 2012-11-27 07:12

    Continental Airlines is the best. The dog will be in climate controlled conditions from arrival at the terminal until picked up at the destination. They are handled individually, not as luggage. The cargo area is pressurized and the same temperature as the cabin.
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  7. #7munchkin @ 2012-11-27 07:30

    i have flown all over the world with my small dogs traveling in cargo … cargo is climate controlled just like where the passengers are … it is completely safe and you have nothing to worry about …
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  8. #8Jen @ 2012-11-27 08:03

    It’s how animals fly. If it were my choice I’d take my dog on the plane with me in the cabin but often times we can’t do that. I think for a smaller dog it’s not the best thing to do; see if you can take him in the cabin with you on the flight home. It’s a very stressful situation for smaller dogs; if you had a bigger dog I’d suggest half a benadryl to relax him or her for the 3 to 4 hour cargo plane trip. But that’s not the case. See if you can bring him on the plane for the trip home.
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  9. #9Aidan @ 2012-11-27 08:40

    I strongly against flying animals.

    it is very stressful for them and I don’t believe it is healthy either…

    plus, a few month ago I read a story about litter of puppies being suffocated inside a cargo area because people forgot to adjust the temperature settings…happend in Texas if i remember correctly.

    isn’t there another way how to travel? train? car? ferry????
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  10. #10Maygen J @ 2012-11-27 09:24

    It would be best if he was your carry on that way you are with him.
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  11. #11Hotspur @ 2012-11-27 09:42

    When you get on the flight, politely insist on speaking to the captain or first officer directly to remind them your dog is in the hold. That will make YOU a lot feel better, even though they already know this. BE POLITE and friendly and just let them know you’re nervous. They’ll reassure you it’s ok.
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