Flying With Fido? Warnings on Pet Air Travel

Naturally, that reminded me of the comments I got when I wrote about traveling with kids, or, as one commenter said, those "snotty loud little brats" that we will eventually have to "electrocute ... upon his eventual imprisoning." Yes, the fur does fly when the subject is kids and/or pets on a plane, but ... I digress.

Where was I? Oh, yes, it's against airline regulations to take an animal out from under the seat during a flight. Animals must stay in their carriers, period.

A word about pet etiquette: If your dog is a constant barker, don't take him on trips. If your dog is, ah, fragrant -- make sure you bathe the animal before you board.

And, finally, do as my friend does -- ask yourself this question: Does Fifi really want to fly? Or do YOU want Fifi to fly? If in doubt, let the dog stay home.

Or, put her in a kennel. Many are located near airports, plus an increasing number of large airports (including Dallas-Ft. Worth) are making plans for on-site kennels that will be open day and night.

Or, do like Bobo's owner does: Have your pet stay home -- with a babysitter.

You'll save some money, save yourself a lot of complicated arrangements, and (though I hate to say this), maybe you'll even save your animal's life.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations, including ABC News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Associated Press and Bloomberg. His Web site FareCompare.com offers consumers free, new-generation software, combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deal.

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