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Q: What do you do at the airport with your dog?

May 8, 2009 | By Jessica P. | 3 answers | Expired: 1947 days ago

Jessica P.

I am looking for details on flying with a dog, like what specifically to at the airport pre and post flight?I know all the general stuff....I am asking about showing up at the airport then what? (check-in, sercurity...so on) I would like the details and can't find them. My dog is medium/large so will be as "baggage" (and no there are no alternative..I am moving FROM Hawaii, not to Hawaii.
Notes: I know all the requirements and have the ticket and pet reservation. What I am looking for is for the personal experiance and details of what ACTUALLY happens at the airports (departure and arrival). We will be flying on United on a non-stop flight to LAX.

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Courtney H.
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May 08, 2009

Your dog will be checked in just like baggage when you get to the airport. You would check your bags and the dog crate. Research the airlines carefully as some are much better with pets than others.

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Jnewman
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May 08, 2009

It depends what airline will be flying your pet. When I had called to see if I could fly my cat, they had told me I had to have a health certificate (30 days prior to flying). They also said I had to check the flight and see if they had the capacity to fly in coach. They airline told me the limit is 2 in busniess and 2 in coach. If those are filled, then he would have to fly in cargo. Depending on where he flies, whether cargo or coach, the cat or pet has to be enclosed in a different type of holding, such as, if he/her is flying coach, it is okay to used an approved soft case, however, if it is in cargo, it has to be a hard case. Price ranges as well. They told me it was $250 each way if he flew in coach, and prices vary in cargo, depending on which flight. I'm sure things vary from airline to airline, but that was my experience. I ended up having to put my cat in a kennel during my trip. Hope this helps :)!

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M Evelyn F.
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May 09, 2009

Hawaii requires that all live animals shipped or brought into the state have health and rabies inoculation certificates dated no more than ten days before travel begins.
Quarantines
All cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, your pet may qualify for a shorter (30-days or less) quarantine. Costs are charged to the pet owner and must be paid in full upon arrival. Payment methods include cashier's check, traveler's check, money order, personal check, or cash.

Hawaiian quarantine facilities are located in Honolulu only

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