Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Delta will no longer accept pets as checked baggage, which will likely cost
passengers more at booking.
(Photo: iStock)Flying with your pet is about to
get a lot more complicated…and expensive.In a statement on their
website, Delta declared that starting March 1, 2016, it will no longer accept
pets as checked baggage.Instead, larger pets will have to be shipped using
Delta Cargo, a service where pets are closely monitored during travel and are
handled in temperature controlled holding areas and vans."Small pets that meet
weight and kennel requirements will still be allowed in the cabin for a fee
(usually around $125 in the U.S).In addition, there are two groups exempt from
the rule.
Pets of U.S.
military and their dependents are allowed to be checked
as long as they have active transfer orders, and Delta will continue to accept
service and emotional support animals with proper
documentation.
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for Pets Military personnel with active transfer papers will still be able
to transfer pets as checked baggage.
(Photo: Delta)In past years, Delta has
been criticized for their handling of pets.
The new rule will hopefully cut
down on the 17 animal deaths that occurred on U.S.
airlines in 2014 —
four of which occurred on Delta."
But using Delta Cargo is going to be an
adjustment for many passengers.
First, the service can cost anywhere from $193
to $1,481 depending on the shipping location and the size of the animal.
When
it comes to reservations, a separate booking from the owner"s flight itinerary
is required, and pets being shipped domestically cannot be booked until 14
days prior to departure."Also, if you hate getting to the airport early, then
you might want to consider another option.
Shipping a pet requires dropping it
off at a Delta Cargo location at least three hours before departure time at a
location separate from passenger check-in.And after all of that, pets are not
guaranteed to be shipped on a customer"s same flight or flight schedule.Delta
will contact customers with bookings after March 1 that are known to include
pets as checked bags.
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Delta will no longer accept pets as checked
baggage, which will likely cost passengers more at booking.
In a statement on
their website, Delta declared that starting March 1, 2016, it will no longer
accept pets as checked baggage.
Instead, larger pets will have to be shipped
using Delta Cargo, a service where pets are closely monitored during travel
and are handled in temperature controlled holding areas and vans.  Small pets
that meet weight and kennel requirements will still be allowed in the cabin
for a fee (usually around $125 in the U.S).
Pets of U.S.
military and their
dependents are allowed to be checked as long as they have active transfer
orders, and Delta will continue to accept service and emotional support
animals with proper documentation..Delta will no longer accept pets as checked
baggage, which will likely cost passengers more at booking.
In a statement on
their website, Delta declared that starting March 1, 2016, it will no longer
accept pets as checked baggage.
Instead, larger pets will have to be shipped
using Delta Cargo, a service where pets are closely monitored during travel
and are handled in temperature controlled holding areas and vans.  Small pets
that meet weight and kennel requirements will still be allowed in the cabin
for a fee (usually around $125 in the U.S).
Pets of U.S.
military and their
dependents are allowed to be checked as long as they have active transfer
orders, and Delta will continue to accept service and emotional support
animals with proper documentation.

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