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Oct 14 2019 Traveling With a Pet BY sgf-adminTAGS

 

How do you keep your pet happy, calm, and safe when flying? Here are some tips for a safer and more stress-free flight for you and your pets.

•   Check with your vet to make sure your pet doesn't have any health problems that could be aggravated by flying. For anxious pets there are veterinarian-approved medications available.

•   Many airlines require proof of up-to-date vaccinations and immunizations, so be sure to have this information on hand.

 

 

•   The rules and regulations regarding pet travel are directed by each individual airline. Before booking your flight, be sure to check out the rules regarding pets on your airline’s website.

•   Plan for your pet’s comfort. Per most airline specifications, and recommendations from veterinarians, your pet should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in the kennel. Include a favorite toy or blanket to make them feel more at home. A soft, absorbent bedding can not only ensure your pet is comfortable, it can address potential accidents.

•   Practice. If your animal has never been in a kennel, buy your travel kennel a few weeks in advance so they can adjust. Include the same toys and bedding you’ll use during the flight to help ease anxiety and make the transition easier.

•   Day-of routine. It’s time to make your way to the airport. Have your schedule timed out and know as much information as you can about the airport. Our airport provides a gated, grassy area in front of the terminal for pets to use before boarding. It’s stocked with waste bags and a trash receptacle. Check out more info on our customer service page.

The bottom line: being well prepared will make your trip go more smoothly.

 


Are you ready for the holiday flying season? It'll be here before you know it so we've got some holiday flying tips for you!

The holidays are the time of year when infrequent (or first time) fliers fill airports across the country. With that thought in mind the we offer the following tips for new and infrequent fliers -

  • Don't procrastinate –– buy that airline ticket sooner rather than later. If you wait until the last minute you'll very likely pay a higher price. Fares tend to be lowest between six and three weeks before the flight.
     
  • Use an airline app. Nearly all airlines have free smart phone apps that let customers make and change reservations. The apps also offer real-time flight updates and downloadable boarding passes. Using an airline app can save lots of time at the airport.

  • Get to the airport early - at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. That's generally plenty of time to get checked in, through security, and to the gate. But if something goes wrong, say a problem with the scanners at the security checkpoint, you'll need every bit of two hours. Please note: you must be checked in to your flight no later than 30 minutes before departure.
     

  • Don't over-pack. Take only what you absolutely need -- an overstuffed bag can slow down the security screening process. Carry-on items can be no bigger than 9" X 14" X 22" or a total of 45 linear inches.
     

  • Before you get to the security checkpoint make sure you have a government issued photo ID if you're 18 or older. Make sure the name on your boarding pass matches the name on your photo ID.
     

  • At the security checkpoint take all food out of your carry-on bags and place in the conveyor bins. All food must be visually inspected by screening personnel.
     

  • You’re allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces or less per item. Put the bag in the conveyor bins for inspection.
     

  • At the checkpoint take all electronic devices (phones, computers, tablets, etc.) out of carry-on bags and place them in the conveyor bins. They must be visually inspected.

    And finally –– don't wrap presents. Security screeners may unwrap them for inspection!


 

The busy summer travel season is here and we want to encourage everyone flying this summer to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight is scheduled to leave.

We know, that sounds like an awful lot of time. But these days there’s a good chance you’ll need every bit of it. Take a look at the photo. It’s the line at the security check point yesterday afternoon, about 3:30. The folks at the end of the line had at least a 40 minute wait ahead of them. That’s a problem for some because they arrived at the airport less than an hour before departure.
 

 

The airline lobbying organization, Airlines for America, expects more than 257 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines between June 1 and the end of August. It’s part of a continuing trend of robust growth in the airline business — in Springfield, for example, passenger numbers have grown 43% over the past five years. The end result is two-fold:

  1. Airport parking lots are near capacity. It often takes longer to find a parking spot than it used to (the airport will expand the lots in the near future).

  2. Wait times in lines have increased substantially; especially at the security check point and airline ticket counters. The long waits sometimes result in missed flights.

Here are some ways to avoid missing your flight —

  1. First and foremost: arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave.

Speed up the line at the security checkpoint by:

  • Have your ID out and ready to show to screening personnel.

  • Take all food out of your carry-on bags and place in the conveyor bins. All food must be visually inspected by screening personnel.

  • You’re allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces or less per item. Put the bag in the conveyor bins for inspection.

  • Take all electronic devices (phones, computers, tablets, etc.) out of carry-on bags and place them in the conveyor bins. They must be visually inspected.

Other ways to speed things up:

  • Avoid the line at the airline ticket counter. Unless you have to check a bag, you can bypass the ticket counter entirely by checking into your flight on your airline’s website, or mobile phone app.

  • Avoid departing during very busy times. Typically, the busiest times of day are in the morning; between 5:30 and 7:00, and between 10:30 and 12:30. The busiest days of the week are Wednesday and Saturday.

  • Apply for TSA PreCheck from the Transportation Security Administration. Flyers that are PreCheck approved do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets when going through the security checkpoint. More information here: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck

Bottom line:  the summer travel season is here and long lines will be common. Don’t miss your flight; arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave!