Flying with dogs and cats
SAS welcomes dogs and cats in the cabin, but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before bringing your four-legged friends onboard.
“To be able to bring your pet in the cabin, your pet must be able to fit in a cage that can be stored under the seat in front of you, like regular cabin baggage. So the cage can’t be any higher than 23cm,” explains Petter Ryd, Manager Cargo Handling & Dangerous Goods.
“It’s also important to remember that your pet and the cage can’t weigh more than 8kg together. If your pet weighs more than that, you can bring it anyway, but it has to travel in the cargo hold.”
To be able to bring a pet on the flight, either in the cabin or in the cargo hold, you must reserve space for it within 24 hours of booking your ticket by contacting SAS Sales & Service. The cost for bringing a pet differs depending on how long the flight is.
“Make sure to have the cage measurements on hand when you call. And remember that there are special requirements for your pet’s cage. It has to be well ventilated and big enough so that the animal can stand, turn around and lie down naturally,” says Ryd.
He also explains that it’s important that the material of the cage is strong enough so your pet won’t be able to chew its way out. You are also required to complete a document before traveling with animals (except for domestic flights in Sweden, Norway and Denmark). If possible, your pet should have a microchip or tattoo as well as a pet passport for travel within or to the EU. If you wish to bring a kitten or puppy, it must be at least eight weeks old. If it is less than 14 weeks old, you need a veterinarian’s certificate stating it is approved for air transport.
“Make sure to check your destinations, and the rules of countries you’re traveling through so that you have all the documents and certificates that you need. Different countries have different conditions for bringing animals or pets into their country,” says Ryd.
Published: October 11, 2018