The world of airplanes has changed so much in the last 20 years that when we hear that someone says that before we could smoke in airplanes, it seems to us of prehistory.
The reality is that over the years airlines have become safer, more efficient and much more considerate with their passengers, both human and canine. Some years ago the idea of traveling with a dog was completely out of the ordinary and let’s not even talk about taking the dog in the passenger cabin, that was impossible.
Today in most airlines, as in Interjet for example, there are three types of dogs that can travel accompanying their owners above the plane, here we tell you more about what they are and what are the requirements for each one in case you are thinking about traveling with your dog soon:
1. Guide dogs: Any service dog that serves as a guide for a visually impaired person can go on top of the plane. These dogs do not have limits of size or weight and the only thing that is needed is to go clean, with collar, harness and leash. It is not necessary to put some type of muzzle.
2. Emotional support dogs : These dogs (or other types of pets) are those that serve as emotional support for people who are under some form of mental or emotional treatment. Some examples of these dogs are dogs that help people with autism or people with depression or post-traumatic stress. These dogs are also not subject to a weight or size limit and you only need to show a letter from a certified doctor explaining that the person is under treatment and needs to be accompanied by your dog at all times. These dogs do not need to go on a conveyor or wear a muzzle. Like guide dogs, these dogs must wear a collar and leash.
3. Small dogs: Owners of dogs of small breeds that do not exceed 5 kg and measure less than 25 cm tall can travel INSIDE A CARRIER in the passenger cabin with their owners. The conveyor must not measure more than 40 cm long by 30 cm high and 23 cm wide. It is important that the sum of the weight of the dog and the carrier are not more than 5 kg. Dogs traveling on a conveyor must be placed under the seat and be on the conveyor for the duration of the flight.
If your dog meets these requirements he can go with you up the cabin. If not, you must send it in the cargo cabin on a conveyor approved for use on airlines.
All dogs traveling by plane (up or down) should be clean, healthy, without bad smell and in the case of females should not be pregnant. In addition you must take with you the health and vaccination certificate to prove that your dog is healthy.