Travel website cautions flying with pets during summer - - Jackson, MS

Travel website cautions flying with pets during summer

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Do you and your pet plan on flying somewhere fun this summer?

Trip Advisor website, warns that many airlines don't allow pets on flights as baggage or cargo when it gets too hot outside.

They warn that air travel with a pet may be more dangerous then people think.

Besides being stressful on the animal, flying in the heat can create health risks like dehydration and heatstroke if they are confined and get overheated.

Some breeds (with snub noses) can even get pulmonary distress when temperatures reach a certain degree.

Here are a few pet-friendly airlines and their guidelines.

Alaska Airlines - This airline doesn't have embargoes this summer, but if temperatures get too hot they may place an embargo. Pets may ride with you in the cabin if they fit in an approved carrier under your seat.

American Airlines - This airline imposes an embargo if the temperature gets above 85 degrees. Pets can also ride in approved carriers under your seat in the cabin.

Delta Airlines - An embargo is placed on pets as checked baggage from May 15 through September 15. If the temperature is supposed to be above 85 degrees then pets aren't allowed to travel. This doesn't apply to pets riding in the cabin.

Southwest Airline - Pets are not allowed to travel as checked baggage or in cargo hold. They don't impose pet embargoes. Small pets can travel in the cabin in an approved carrier under the seat.

Each airline has different guidelines they follow when it comes to pets. It's always better to research ahead of time and see what their rules are. 

A general rule of thumb is, if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.

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