We are due to move out of Hawaii in May-Julyish. We are trying for May to avoid those summer months. Our plan is to most certainly have him in cabin with us. But, I wondered how dangerous it is to do that.
Everything on the airline websites say...Brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs and cats will be accepted for transportation on HA if the owner/shipper agrees to (1) release Hawaiian from any and all liability resulting from the transportation of the animal and (2) not file any claim with Hawaiian relating to the transportation of the animal. The owner/shipper must sign a liability release form prior to HA accepting the animal for transport
Obviouly we have no other way to get him off island besides flying but we would def take a direct flight.
Anyone?? Your experiences. BTW he's only 4 not sure if that has anything to do with anything.
But your experiences please! ;) Specifically in cabin.
I've flown from Washington to California a few times with my Lhasa Apso (I didn't see him on the list, but he is a short nosed breed). He's always done just fine. We flew home on New Years, and had to stop a few hours in Oakland, so it was a really long day for him. He was wiped out for a few days. Will you be able to carry your dog on board with you? Merphy has always traveled under my seat. The flight attendants have always been able to find me a seat with an empty one next to it, so once the plane takes off, I can put him up on the seat next to me. Anyway, my dog has done fine. You'll have to get a health certificate from your vet before flying, so your vet should be able to address any concerns. Good luck!
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)
You should be okay traveling with an English Toy Spaniel. It's good you checked with your airline for any "carrier specific" restrictions.
The important thing is that he is in some type of approved carrier and that the carrier will fit under the seat. This is an FAA thing. By carrier, I'm referring to one of the soft sided type that is similar to a suitcase with the mesh siding. I have even seen a few of these with wheels, pretty cool. Taking him out during the flight is usually at the flight attendants discretion, as far as I know.
A couple of other tips:
When going through security, make sure that there aren't any pet care items in the carrier the TSA would likely prohibit. Here's a link to their prohibited item list:
Also, don't forget to have adequate water with you. A flight from Hawaii being so long (5 1/2 hours) can dehydrate your pet in the very dry cabin air. Buy the water after going through security (or bring an empty container and fill it after going through) as you cannot bring liquids more than 3 oz through security.