Travel with Minors & Pets

Travel with Infants & Minors

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations
An infant is allowed to travel for free on an adult’s lap from two weeks of age until two years old. Please note, additional taxes may apply when traveling internationally. These international taxes will be collected at check-in. Only one infant per paying adult is allowed to travel as a lap child. If one adult is traveling with two infants, the first infant may travel as a lap child, but the second infant must be placed in his or her own seat with an approved car seat. Two adults with two lap children must sit on opposite sides of the aisle as there are only four oxygen masks per every three seats.

Two-year-olds must have their own seat on the plane. For added safety and security, your child may sit in a car seat on the aircraft as long as it has an approved FAA red label stating: “This restraint device is approved for motor vehicle and aircraft use.”
If you are traveling with an infant or small child, we recommend that you bring items that will keep your child content during the flight. Most flights offer access to some form of in-flight entertainment for a small fee. However, it is best to travel with an iPad, DVD player, or another form of mobile entertainment. Also, remember to fully charge the batteries. And always bring along your child’s favorite blanket, pillow, books, favorite toys and snacks.

During take-off and landing, the pressure changes in the plane. Since children have sensitive ears, they may need something to help their ears pop. We recommend having a pacifier, bottle, candy or lollipops.

When traveling with a stroller, ask for a baggage tag at the gate, which will save you time and ensure that the boarding process goes smoothly. Pre-board if the airline is offering this option. You can always ask when collecting the stroller tag if they will be pre-boarding the flight.
Note: A passenger is considered an adult at the age 15 years of age or older for domestic and international travel.

Travel with Pets

Unlike the rules regarding traveling with infants and young children, rules regarding travel with pets vary from airline to airline. Please consult the individual carrier’s websites for details or ask your travel consultant. You can find airline dimensional requirements and premium carriers for small dogs and cats on the links provided.

Pets in the Cabin
Most airlines do not accept pets for travel in the main cabin of the aircraft unless they fit under the seat in front of you in a specified carrier or it is a service animal for those with disabilities or special needs.

Pets as Baggage
A maximum of two pets per ticketed passenger may be checked as baggage provided the operating aircraft can accommodate both. Pets must travel in an approved travel container, and only one dog or cat is allowed per container if the animal is over six months old. Two puppies or kittens are allowed per travel container as long as they are from the same litter, are between the ages of eight week and six months, and each weighs less than 20 pounds.

Pet reservations cannot be booked online; advance reservations must be made over the phone. Fees are charged based on kennel size. Give yourself extra time to check in as this fee will need to be paid at the ticket counter upon check-in.
Not all airlines accept live animals checked as baggage, so check the airline’s pet policies well in advance if it is necessary for you to travel with your pet.

Pet Requirements
Your pet must be harmless, inoffensive, and odorless and require no attention during transit. You must make arrangements and assume full responsibility for complying with any applicable laws, customs and government regulations or restrictions of the country, state or territory to which your pet is being transported. Health information is required.

The following additional restrictions apply:
• pets requiring transfer to another carrier will not be permitted
• pets are not accepted on charter flights
• pets must be accompanied by a paying passenger; unaccompanied pets are not permitted
• reptiles, amphibians, insects or arachnids/spiders are not permitted

Weather can make a difference to your pet’s health and wellbeing. Temperature restrictions have been established to ensure your pet isn’t exposed to extreme heat or cold. It is not safe to transport your pet if the forecasted temperature in any city on your itinerary is below 45°F (including the wind chill factor) or above 85°F. If the temperature is outside these limits, airlines will not transport your pet unless you have a Certificate of Acclimation signed by your veterinarian. The Certificate of Acclimation must include:
• A statement by the veterinarian that, to the best of his or her knowledge, the animal is acclimated to air temperatures below 45°F (including the wind chill factor) or above 85°F

• A statement by the veterinarian giving a minimum and maximum temperature your pet can safely withstand when traveling
The veterinarian’s signature, which must be dated no more than 10 days prior to the originating departure

Even with a Certificate of Acclimation, airlines will not accept your pet when the temperature is below 10°F (including the wind chill factor) or above 95°F. Please make sure to keep weather in mind when planning a trip with your pet.

Some cities require a permanent embargo for pet travel during the summer months. The following cities will not allow the transport of pets during the months of June, July, August and September:
All day:
• Phoenix
• Tucson
• Las Vegas
• San Antonio

Between the hours of Noon and 8 p.m.:
• Houston
• Ft. Lauderdale
• Orlando
• Atlanta

Please note, there are also day of departure embargos at select cities when temperatures are too low or too high. Additionally, restrictions are always subject to change. It is best to check with the individual airline to determine current policies and restrictions.

Animal Containers
The following requirements regarding animal containers should be used as a guideline. Please check with your individual airline for additional requirements.

• Containers must be leak-proof.
• The container must be ventilated on at least two sides and must prevent any part of the animal from protruding outside of the container.
• The container must be constructed of metal, wood, polyethylene plastic or a composite material of similar strength, and have absorbent material on the bottom. Wire cages or folding/collapsible (including soft-sided) containers are not acceptable for pet transport.
• Food and water dishes must be securely attached inside the travel container and placed so that they can be filled from the outside without opening the door.
• The container must be large enough to allow your pet to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position.
• The door must latch securely and prevent escape of the pet under normal handling.
• The container must have handles or adequate devices which support the full weight of the travel container and pet.
• Containers must be labeled with stickers or markings when checking a pet as baggage as follows: “Live Animals”
• Containers must be labeled with orientation arrows indicating the correct upright position of the container
• Containers must be labels with the passenger’s name, address and telephone number (may be attached to the handle)
• All travel containers are subject to inspection and approval by the individual airlines