Many pet lovers know all too well that traveling by air with pets can be a serious challenge in today’s world of commercial aviation. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States recommends that you DO NOT transport your pet by commercial air unless absolutely necessary! Why? There are a myriad of reasons, which include the sad fact that there are countless documented incidents of beloved pets suffering through commercial air flights, getting sick, dehydrated, accidentally injured, even some otherwise healthy animals not even surviving the flight.
However, for travelers to know that is an alternative to flying commercial with your beloved pets. Jet charter is smarter when it comes to air travel with our four-legged friends! Here are a few reasons that the small monetary investment in flying charter pays a huge dividend in your pet’s health, happiness and safety, and your peace of mind.
Often, when you fly charter, you can travel with your pet in your arms or at your side on the jet. There are pet-friendly aircraft and charter companies world-wide, and you can find a jet that will meet your travel needs easily and conveniently. You need not be separated from your pet for a single moment, and never have to worry about your pet even being allowed on board, loaded into the cargo hold, getting lost or delayed if you have connecting flights, or your flight is cancelled.
You may need to worry about pet carriers, if one comfortable for your pet, and approved by the airlines. If you fly commercial, and your pet is small enough, you may be allowed to bring them on board with an additional fee, depending upon the commercial airlines rules. However, they are not allowed out of the carrier, and there are anecdotal instances of travelers arriving with small pets to carry on and being denied as commercial airlines have limitations on the number of carry on pets they allow per flight! If you are allowed to carry on your pet, pets can become quite agitated in such confined surroundings, and without being able to comfort them, it can be nerve-wracking for you!
Furthermore, larger pets of a certain size may have to be checked into the cargo hold, which may or may not be climate-controlled. With cold weather upon us, this could be dangerous, if not life-threatening, for a pet to be confined in a carrier in a icy cold cargo hold. Even if you are traveling to a warm weather destination, the same caution is issued: that cargo hold can easily become excessively and dangerously hot. Your pet is stuck without food, water, or any “creature comforts”, while you have to worry about any flight delays due to adverse winter weather conditions. The bottom line: the commercial airlines technically consider your pet to be checked luggage. A jet charter company considers your pet to be a client.
You can ensure that your pet stays comfortable, content, fed and hydrated. Some jet charter companies offer their clients traveling with pets special treats, toys and other little travel luxuries. Even some FBOs have pet-friendly accommodations for your waiting period prior to or after your flight. Give yourself the special Holiday gift of knowing that your furry friend is safely traveling in your arms or by your side AND being pampered in the manner they deserve!
It truly is Smarter to Fly Charter with your pets this holiday season, or any time of the year! Join the Pet Jet Set and keep your pet safe and sound to enjoy the holidays with you and your family.