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Airline Pet Container Requirements

The rules regarding approved types of containers for cats, dogs, ferrets and birds flying in cabin and as cargo were created by IATA (International Air Transport Association) and for the most part have been accepted by the world's airlines.

On flights of less than 6 hours most airlines will allow pets to be taken with the passenger in the cabin (except travel to the UK). Generally speaking the airline will only allow one pet per passenger and a maximum of two pets per cabin. The container for the pet must fit under the seat in front of you and must have a waterproof bottom. The container for the pet must fit under the seat in front of you and must have a waterproof bottom.

Most airlines flying larger aircraft accept live animals as cargo and have made special provisions for their handling.
Whether the pet is traveling as checked baggage or as cargo they will wind up in the same special area of the cargo department, which is pressurized and temperature controlled.


The animals must be in an IATA approved container and meet certain other requirements. It is considered best to have only one animal per container but the IATA rules state that two animals can share the same container if the animals are less than 14kg (30lbs).

The container must be large enough for the animal(s) to stand, turn around, and lie down.

The kennel must be made of a sturdy plastic

Both water and food bowls must be attached to the inside of the front door and be refillable from the outside of the container without opening the door.

The container must have ventilation on all four sides.

The Container must have LIVE ANIMAL STICKERS on the top and sides in letters at least one inch tall.

NO WHEELS. If the container has wheels they should be removed or taped securely so that the kennel cannot roll.

The container must have a secure all around locking system with the pins extending beyond the horizontal extrusions above and below the door.

SNAKES - Snakes require a crate at least 2/3rds as long as the snake and at least 50%of the snakes length in the crate width.

If traveling internationally then you should attach an extra copy of the pet’s health certificate to the container.

To purchase an IATA approved pet crate contact us Phone (5411) 5292-6001 or by Email.