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British Airways Pet Restrictions & Fees

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British Airways Pet Policy

British Airways has specific guidelines in place for passengers who wish to travel with their pets. It is important to note that British Airways does not allow animals to travel in the cabin as pets in passenger cabin are not permitted. Additionally, pets are not allowed to travel as checked baggage.

However, British Airways does allow animals to travel as cargo in the hold. To ensure the safety and comfort of your pet during the journey, British Airways works with PetAir UK, a company owned by qualified veterinarians, to transport pets from UK airports. If you are traveling to the UK, your pet can travel with British Airways' sister company, IAG Cargo.

When transporting pets through IAG Cargo, it is necessary to adhere to certain guidelines. The carriers used must be strong, secure, and have proper ventilation. It is important to ensure that your pet's nose and paws cannot fit through any ventilation opening or door mesh. The carrier must also have water and food bowls secured to the inside. Additionally, pets must be able to stand and sit erect without touching the top of the kennel. Fiberboard, wire mesh, and wicker containers are not suitable for air transportation.

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The specific dimensions for the carrier depend on the origin and destination of the journey. Cats departing from the USA and Canada must travel in a carrier with the dimensions 27" x 20" x 19" (68 cm x 50 cm x 48 cm). For all other countries and pets, the dimensions should be 21" x 16" x 15" (53 cm x 40 cm x 38 cm), as long as the animal fits comfortably inside.

It is important to keep in mind that air carriers can change these policies at any time, so you should always check directly with British Airways before you book for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

For detailed information about British Airways, including flight check-in, baggage policies, corporate information, and more, you can visit the British Airways Guide.

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