Airline passengers took to social media in a rage last week when their pets were left behind and delayed on the tarmac in certain cases. If you were looking to find a compromise, you could take a deep breath and try to make things happen.
If you wanted to pass muster, though, airline programs like PetSafe for Arrangements for Pups might come in handy. PetSafe lets pet owners book local pet-sitters for overnight emergencies, like after-hours boarding and relocation.
The U.S. Department of Transportation decided on Wednesday that PetSafe should have been one of the programs that did not meet the new regulations. (The DOT originally made the rule change last September.)
Traveling with your pet could be a much easier, less stressful experience once you work out those kinks.
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When pet owners — whether they book PetSafe or go to the airport alone — were standing in long lines waiting to take their pets to the aircraft, they no longer will be able to check in early and leave their animals on the plane in small cages.
Once you find a pet sitter, PetSafe no longer reimburses your pet’s pre-boarding fees for the trip but does reimburse overnight accommodations. The booking fee of $120 or $110 for one pet and one sitter depends on the size of the pet. The fee is adjusted as part of the application process and varies per location.
Find out if your airline’s pet program was affected by this latest government ruling by visiting petsafe.org/about-petsafe.