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Old 15th February 2011, 01:41 PM
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Has anybody recently flown a pet in the cabin on a flight from the UK to the USA? I flew my cat from Washington to Heathrow in the cargo of Virgin a few years ago, but would like to fly him in the cabin on the way back if possible. After ringing most of the airlines it looks like Lufthansa is our only option --but I've gotten conflicting info from different customer reps at Lufthansa as to whether they carry pets out of the UK.

Thanks for any help in advance!

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Furry friend will need current vaccinations, chip and Euro pass. There are weight restrictions plus number restrictions in cabin. Delta ships cabin.

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Furry friend will need current vaccinations, chip and Euro pass. There are weight restrictions plus number restrictions in cabin. Delta ships cabin.
Its been a few years since we shipped ours - totally dependent on Airline - we flew BA to florida as we wanted non-stop flight. We were told at the time that we could only fly the cats on an international flight in the hold - also there were limits to total number of animals on the plane both international & within the US

Health cert needs to be issued by a government (UK) vet within three days of flight - check vaccination requirements for the state you will be arriving in some will require rabies - may need up to 90 days for blood tests etc

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I usually fly continental from the States to the UK and people have little doggies so I would assume cats would be okay too?

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On its website, Continental provides detailed information on traveling on domestic US flights with pets (and yes, in general, cats as well as dogs are accepted). However, for international travel, they advise you to contract their Reservations department.

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In the end we flew Lufthansa, (March 2010) with the cat in the cabin under our seat. It meant we had to flight to Frankfort then take a connection to Washington DC. No airline would take the cat in the cabin from UK to USA direct.

It would have been fine but the first fight was delayed so we had to stay in a hotel in Frankfort paid for by Lufthansa. The hotel was fine with pets, even supplied a litter box.

Other problems , at Heathrow the cat is searched in a private room but at Frankfort you have to get your cat out it's carrier in the open terminal, so the carrier could be scanned.

We did not drug the cat and he came through fine.

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Thanks for the update!

Cats, the true global citizens - who would dare deny these cute & savvy creatures entry.

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Cats, the true global citizens - who would dare deny these cute & savvy creatures entry.
Not I says this cat:>) We are true servants to our two meows.

I am glad to hear that everyone made it sound and safe.
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In the end we flew Lufthansa, (March 2010) with the cat in the cabin under our seat. It meant we had to flight to Frankfort then take a connection to Washington DC. No airline would take the cat in the cabin from UK to USA direct.

It would have been fine but the first fight was delayed so we had to stay in a hotel in Frankfort paid for by Lufthansa. The hotel was fine with pets, even supplied a litter box.

Other problems , at Heathrow the cat is searched in a private room but at Frankfort you have to get your cat out it's carrier in the open terminal, so the carrier could be scanned.

We did not drug the cat and he came through fine.
Hi,

I want to fly my cat home with me in cabin from UK to US. Lufthansa said they could do it. What exactly happens at Heathrow? It was kind of nightmarish getting him in country, took all day. Is it as bad getting them out?

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Hi there,

I flew my cat from Washington to Heathrow in the cargo of Virgin a few years ago, but would like to fly him in the cabin on the way back if possible.

Hiii!! aww my goodness -you are so adorable, arent' ya, you are soo adorableee!! Are you a good boy? awww, you're soo cutte!!


lol sorry, I had to do that, I'm a massive cat and dog lover!!

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