Flying with a ESA (Dog) LHR-LAX

Old Mar 8, 20, 8:25 pm
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Flying with a ESA (Dog) LHR-LAX

Hey gang,

My wife has an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), our dog and we will be going to LAX on BA283 in a couple of weeks. BA have been incredibly supportive and helpful. We will be flying J and I just wanted to ask if anyone has had any experience flying with a dog long haul? Any tips/advice from owners regarding the welfare of the dog?

Thanks,

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Old Mar 9, 20, 1:28 am
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Make sure he has a long walk before you board
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Old Mar 9, 20, 1:40 am
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I thought only guide and service dogs were allowed in the cabin...
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Old Mar 9, 20, 1:48 am
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I didn’t think ba played the “ emotional support Animal” game.

I would be mortified to find a dog in a plane other than a guide dog. Others of course may have a different view.
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Old Mar 9, 20, 1:52 am
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I was listening to Jason Manford on Absolute 80s.

He was talking about Emotional Support Animals and said about AA who had an ESA horse in First class on a flight. (Had a check and AA allow ESA Cats, Dogs & Horses)

On BA Help page (They only allow ESA Dogs):Emotional support dogs can only be accepted in the cabin on direct flights to or from the United States of America. If your journey is not to or from the USA, or includes a connection onto a non-USA flight, your emotional support dog will need to travel in the hold.

You need to contact us at least 14 days before your flight, as we need additional information to ensure your emotional support dog can travel safely in the cabin.

Also, you must contact the UK Animal Reception Centre at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure of your flight to the UK to check your dog meets Pet Travel Scheme requirements. They will issue a pre-approval letter for UK entry that must be presented at check-in, along with your approval from us, for you and your dog to be allowed to board your flight to the UK.
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Old Mar 9, 20, 1:53 am
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Originally Posted by jeremyBA View Post
I didn’t think ba played the “ emotional support Animal” game.

I would be mortified to find a dog in a plane other than a guide dog. Others of course may have a different view.
I couldn't agree more. Ridiculous situation that has got completely out of hand
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Old Mar 9, 20, 1:55 am
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Only guide dogs are allowed not sure who is dealing with the request at ba but j would be double checking this as they normally aren't allowed on board
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Old Mar 9, 20, 1:56 am
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How does that work if a passenger in the cabin has an allergy related to dogs or cats?


I agree that the situation in the US has got out of hand and the situation with the horse compounds that view.
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Old Mar 9, 20, 2:27 am
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Originally Posted by passy777 View Post
How does that work if a passenger in the cabin has an allergy related to dogs or cats?

I agree that the situation in the US has got out of hand and the situation with the horse compounds that view.
I believe that until recently the solution has been to put the passenger with the allergy on a later flight. It seems there is beginning to be some push back on ESAs in general - what with horses and peacocks trying to board - so I don't know if that's changed to a more sensible policy.
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Old Mar 9, 20, 2:27 am
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A bit of a tangent, but how could a horse be secured for take off, landing and turbulence in the cabin normally configured for passengers?
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Old Mar 9, 20, 2:28 am
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Can't you, her husband, give her emotional support during the flight? Just askin'.
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Old Mar 9, 20, 2:35 am
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Last edited by stuvoi; Mar 9, 20 at 3:13 am Reason: removed off-topic comment :)
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Old Mar 9, 20, 2:39 am
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Can I bring my screaming goat on board?
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Old Mar 9, 20, 2:55 am
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Can I bring my screaming goat on board?
They're not on the list, so no, sorry, you have to leave it at checkin
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Old Mar 9, 20, 2:57 am
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Back on topic, you need to be direct flight to the US, tell BA 2 weeks in advance, and they need to be happy for the dog to fly.

Dogs only. No horses.

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...ling-with-pets
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