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Pets allowed on some planes
NEW YORK (AP) - If you're flying somewhere and you want to bring a pet
without putting it in cargo, you may be able to find an airline that
will allow your animal into the cabin.
Many airlines permit small animals in carriers to fly beneath the seat
ahead of you where you would normally stow your luggage. The website
for Sherpa's Pet Trading Company has detailed information on pet
policies for more than 100 airlines.
For example, according to the Sherpa website, AirTran allows dogs,
cats and birds in the cabin for a $65 US one-way fee, as long as the
weight of the animal and the carrier combined does not exceed 15
pounds (6.8 kilograms). The dimensions of the carrier must be no
larger than 10-by-11-by-21 inches (about 25-by-28-by-53 centimetres)
US Airways charges $100 each way for transporting a pet in the cabin
but requires that the animal be "harmless, inoffensive, odourless and
require no attention during the flight." Frontier and Southwest airlines, however, are among those that do not permit pets in the
cabin, unless they are service animals, according to Sherpa.
Sherpa also sells a line of pet carriers designed by its founder,
Gayle Martz, a former flight attendant.
To check the list of airline policies regarding pets, or for other
information about travelling by plane with pets, go to the Sherpa
www.sherpapet.net/index.php. Under the "Links" tab, click
"Travel links" and scroll down to the airline list. Be sure to
double-check with airlines before booking to make sure polices have