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Any experience with cats in cargo for international flight?

Any experience with cats in cargo for international flight?

Old Nov 2, 20, 8:15 pm
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Any experience with cats in cargo for international flight?

Hey guys! Newbie here.

I have 3 cats that Im trying to bring along with me, my husband and baby from Japan to Seattle. Im assuming babys arent allowed to carry on pet regardless theyre in a seat and seems like If wed leave from NRT, Japan airlines wont allow pets in cabin either way.

Im a bit nervous to jump the gun with having them fly in cargo but seems like Im running out of options. Anyone have personal experiences that could possibly ease my mind? Was it bad? Was it good? Id appreciate all the details! Thank you!!
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Old Nov 3, 20, 3:04 am
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I have flown with JAL and pets in the cargo hold before, just with dogs, not cats. JAL has a very good reputation as far as treatment of animals entrusted to them is concerned, and on my half-dozen flights with them everything went well.
Are you talking about checking your cats in as baggage with JAL or having them fly as manifested cargo with JAL cargo? And when are you planning to fly?
If you plan on checking them in as baggage, as far as I`m aware, Japan Airlines currently has suspended JL 67/68 and only plans to restart nonstop service to Seattle in March - and these plans may change depending on the covid situation. If you plan on flying before that date, you'd have to connect to either Alaska or AA, which means you need to book the cats separately on either airline, pay separately for the intra-US segment and comply with all relevant rules.

The only airline flying this route and allowing cats in the cabin is Delta. I don't know if your child will be able to book a pet carrier if in their own seat, if yes you can bring all three of them along.
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