Pets and Airport Security
I’ve been seeing an increase in travelers with dogs recently, and most of them have their companions wearing service dog harness vests. Unfortunately, I think most of these dogs aren’t really service dogs, as I know a number of people who say they’ve bought these vests so their animals fly for free, which is really pathetic in my opinion. I’m sure the industry is going to crack down on this sooner or later, which is only going to make it more difficult for those who really need a service dog, but that’s another can of worms.
For now, the worst part is seeing people try to put their animals (usually a cat or small dog) in their carriers through the X-ray machine. That’s a huge no-no. You have to take your animal out of the carrier and either walk or carry it through the metal detector with you. Here are more pet travel tips from the TSA.
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I am not a “dog lover” — so sue me. I will refuse to sit near a dog — they have a foul smell and I get ill. Husband is allergic to them. The last time I was on a plane a woman had a small dog around her neck like a collar!!! I did not see it until we were leaving the plane (she was across a wide aisle.) BUT SHE actually took it into the ladies’ room with her. AARGH. Did she let it use the toilet?