Travel with Pets - 8 hours layover in JFK with dog
Dec 11, 09, 9:42 am
I will be flying MIA-JFK-VCE with my dog on DL next week. I have an almost 9 hour layover in JFK which I first thought was good for the dog, but now I am starting to wonder what I can do all this time with him. Are there areas in the airport where I can take the dog out of his carrier? I will be flying business class - will I be allowed to get iin the lounge with my dog? As you can see, it will be my first time traveling with a small pet in cabin.
Is there anything around JFK that may be worth doing for us? I am afraid of us getting very cold if we have to hang out outside for 8 hours so any input is appreciated. Thank you all!
Dec 11, 09, 7:19 pm
From the Port Authority's website:
Traveling with Pets
When traveling with pets, pets should remain in their carriers at all times except for service animals. The Port Authority of NY and NJ and our airport partners have provided pet relief areas for customers. These areas are located in the arrivals area of each terminal. Follow the signs in the baggage claim areas or ask a Customer Care Representative for information.
Owners can take their animals to these pet relief areas and allow the pets to relieve themselves. Owners are expected to clean up after their animals with the materials provided in the pet relief areas. Pet owners whose animals have an accident elsewhere in the terminal are expected to clean up after their animals and notify a member of the cleaning crew.
There are no pet relief areas beyond security checkpoints in any of the terminals at the Port Authority airports.
As policies relating to the transportation of pets vary by airline and time of year, we suggest you contact your airlines directly for details.
So it looks like you will have to exit security to allow your dog to do relieve himself. I don't know about the lounge. I would think you would be allowed if he was in his carrier but I don't know about out of his carrier. It all depends on the attitude of the airport employees. I never had to keep my dog in his carrier except at Newark and I was literally yelled at for walking him on a leash. There may be a quiet gate area where you can sit with the dog out of his bag but it may be difficult to walk around.
There's nothing I know of around JFK. Anything in NYC will necessarily be outside. Good luck. VCE is a great place for dogs.
Dec 12, 09, 2:31 pm
Great information, thank you so much for your help!