concept of pets on planes has become a hot-button issue
of late as emotional support animals have become more
prominent than ever — the use of emotional support
animals on planes rose by 74 percent in 2017 — leading
to several troubling midflight incidents, complaints
from flight crew and prompting some airlines to change
Today recently surveyed more than 980 people who
traveled by plane last year to examine travelers’
attitudes regarding dogs, cats and other animals on
to the study, only about one in four pet owners (28
percent of cat owners and 27 percent of dog owners) feel
that their pets are safe traveling in the cargo hold. In
2017, 24 animals died in the cargo holds of planes.
However, that figure represents just a tiny percentage
of the nearly 507,000 pets that flew on planes that
21.7 percent of respondents said they had difficulty
with their airline when traveling with their pet, more
than two-thirds of travelers (70.3 percent) indicated
that they would fly with their pet again.
the most common reason travelers bring their pets on
planes, with 47.6 percent of cat owners and 44.3 percent
of dog owners citing relocation as the primary reason.
Meanwhile, roughly one-quarter of pet owners said
they’ve flown with their furry family members simply
because they wanted to.
leading reasons why travelers bring their pets along for
the journey include traveling for a long period of time;
not being able to find a pet sitter at home and
emotional support or assistance.
afraid for their animal’s safety is the top reason pet
owners ultimately decide not to travel with their
four-legged companion, followed by concern that they
won’t behave and added cost.
times matter also. The study found that a majority of
pet parents are only comfortable bringing their animals
on flights lasting five hours or less.
comes to the different species of service animals and
pets, dogs are the most welcome on airplanes, with 85.7
percent of respondents believing service dogs should be
allowed in the cabin and 60.9 percent believing pet dogs
should be allowed to sit with their owner. Cats and
rabbits are less desirable among air travelers, with
roughly 50 percent and 30 percent of travelers believing
they should be allowed to travel in the cabin,
25 percent of people believe that no pets should be
allowed to travel in the airplane cabin.
owners are most concerned about sounds (62.2 percent),
smell (61.2 percent) and passenger safety (51 percent)
when flying with animals while 23.5 percent of pet
owners say they have no concerns at all.