When it comes to travelling with pets, British Airways offers a well-defined pet policy that prioritises the safety and comfort of animals on their flights. Familiarising yourself with these guidelines will ensure a seamless and worry-free journey for your beloved pet.
In-Cabin Pet Travel:
British Airways only allows service pets to travel in cabin. All other pets must travel in the safety of the hold.
Cargo Hold Pet Travel:
British Airways travels all pets through their dedicated cargo service. Their staff are trained animal handlers and your pet is their priority. Pets are the last to be loaded aboard the aircraft and the first to be offloaded at your destination. In fact, if you are on the same flight, you may even see them heading up the cargo ramp. All vehicles transporting pets to and from the aircraft are temperature controlled, meaning that they rarely offload due to temperature, unlike some other airlines. The special pet area aboard the aircraft is separate from the luggage hold, is dimly lit, temperature-controlled and pressurised, meaning that your pets are safe, secure and comfortable for the duration of their flight. They have access to water at all times. The pilot will be aware that they are on board and the air stewards can often check they are loaded and let you know that they are settled.
Service animals, which are specially trained to assist individuals with disabilities or mental health conditions, are permitted to travel in the cabin at no additional cost. British Airways do require their official documentation and will contact the facility that trained them, to ensure compliance with their regulations.
British Airways requires pet carriers to be IATA approved, sturdy and well-constructed, offering a secure enclosure with appropriate ventilation. To avoid any mishaps, the ventilation openings or door mesh must be designed to prevent your pet’s nose and paws from fitting through. Furthermore, carriers should come with securely attached water bowls to meet your pet’s hydration requirements during the journey. Pet Air specialises in building bespoke IATA-approved air travel crates that are designed to ensure the well-being and security of your animals when flying with pets.
Planning a trip with your beloved pet can be exciting yet overwhelming. From travel regulations to their safety, there’s a lot to think about. That’s where PetAir comes in. Reach out to us for your furry friend’s upcoming adventure. We’re not just experts; we’re animal lovers who care about their well-being. Contact us today to make their journey safe and positive!
Fri Feb 2 2024