It actually vary depending on what airline you plan to use.
I learned the hard way that you cannot rely on a tag that says airline approved for a carrier to be considered as such. I had to email, tweet, call customer service and still not get a consistent answer. And this went on for over a week. But the obvious was actually staring me in the face when I saw it online:
link along with the requirements when you plan to travel with your beloved pet. Of course I just wanted the person's answer to conform to what i wanted to hear. I already bought the carrier and it was wishful thinking that I hoped it was the right one. Actually it met most of the requirements except that it had to be secured by metal bolts.
It took me a day to look around the city to look for that carrier I bought. Also it was heavy and I propped it on my lap on a special tricycle ride. "Special" meaning I had to pay for the whole ride because no other passenger could get on the tricycle carriage since I had a humongous carrier on me. It would be too troublesome to replace it and look for another carrier and go through the whole ordeal all over again.
|the new carrier (Left ) as compared to the old one (right)|
I spent a great deal of time researching this online. I was worried of being denied at the airport. I couldnt imagine not being able to bring my 2 cats with me. If it came to that, I likely would rather not leave at all. That would be a tragedy. We wont be able to afford another ticket and my husband would be very pissed. This link proved very informative. Finally after more than a week of exchanging emails and tweets with a DELTA representative (I also was given a credit of miles by DELTA because I complained that a rep hung up on me), I had my answer. No choice, its either I get another carrier that was secured by metal bolts/screws or modify the one I already had. The latter seem more promising.
The good thing was I already knew who to talk to. Mel the handyman.
Mel has been a reliable handyman and friend. Most of the cabinets and carpentry at my brother's internet cafe was done by this guy. He also installed the deadbolt door in my room and put the chicken wire on my sari sari store. I showed him the carrier, told him what I wanted and he figured out how to do it, and then told me what I needed to get from the hardware store the next day.
|top part of the carrier|
|Mel in action|
|Fruitycake doing an inspection|
|hollow aluminum pipe to hold the bolt in place|
|a look inside the carrier|
This gave me peace of mind. The great part was it didnt cost me much to have it modified. The bolt cost only 30php (or less) for 6 pieces. Mel's going rate was only 200 PHP, he asked for less than that but I gave him more as a going away treat.
Day before the trip to the hotel (where I stayed prior to my flight), I took some shots of the cats..
|Fruitycake passed out|
|Cats helping me pack|
|Enchong, Boomer and Thumper|
|Thumper watching Fruitycake|
|Boomer "watches" Fruitcake use the litterbox|
Getting the carrier was tricky so it was the first thing I did after we have secured the plane ticket.
The rest of the steps had to be followed in a timeline prior to the flight because it was required by the Bureau of Animal Industry to be done on a certain number of days.
1) Cat shots (3 in 1 and rabies)
2) A Health Certificate from the Veterinarian
3) An Export Permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry
Photos and detailed procedure on my next post
|Thumpy and Raggedy Ann|