Pet Policy Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines has merged with United Airlines and has adopted their pet policy and PetSafe Program.
FLY WITH A SMALL DOG, CAT, RABBIT OR BIRD IN THE CABIN
Continental and Continental Express permits small cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds to travel in the cabin on flights within the continental Continental States. There is a charge of $125.00 for this service which can be paid at the reservations counter at the time of check in. (United Express charges $50.00 for routes served expressly by them.)
If your pet meets the requirements listed in Continental Airlines pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier. Carriers can be rigid or flexible and must have a waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation and secure fasteners. (Zippers are preferable.) The maximum dimensions for hard-sided kennels are 17.5 inches long x 12 inches wide x 7.5 inches high (44 cm x 30 cm x 19 cm). The maximum dimensions for soft-sided kennels are 18 inches long x 11 inches wide x 11 inches high (46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm).
If your travel is international, it is likely that Continental will not allow your pet in the cabin.
Pets are not permitted in First or Business Class on Boeing 747, 757, 767 or 777 aircraft due to lack of space under the seat. Travelers with pets are also not permitted to sit in bulkhead seats or seats in exit rows.
Pets must be at least 8 weeks old, over 1 pound, and their carrier must fit comfortably under the seat in front of you. Your pet airline carrier will count as a piece of carry-on luggage. You must check in at the passenger counter as animals are not checked in at curbside.
Trained Service Animals are permitted to travel in the cabin with qualified individuals with disabilities. Comfort animals are also permitted with appropriate documentation provided at least 48 hours in advance by calling this number (1-800-228-2744) and verification by Continental to your mental health care professional. Therapy animals are considered neither comfort nor service animals.
You must notify Continental Airlines that you are traveling with a pet. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-864-8331. We suggest that you make your airline reservations as far ahead as possible as there are a limited number of pets allowed in the cabin of each flight.
No pets are allowed in the cabin on flights to Hawaii, Guam or other countries that require that they enter as manifest cargo such as Australia. Pets are not permitted on flights to the Dominican Republic.
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES PETS FLYING AS CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO (PETSAFE® PROGRAM)
FLY WITH A LARGER DOG OR
CAT OR OTHER ANIMAL IN CARGO
If your pet is too large to fit under the seat in the cabin, it is an animal other than a small dog, cat, rabbit or bird such as a guinea pig, rabbit, or hamster or if it is a very long flight, Continental Airlines may transport your pet under its PetSafe Program® in a section of the aircraft according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin. Depending on the time of year, breed of your dog and whether you are accompanying your pet, it can travel as checked baggage or manifest cargo.
AIRLINE FORMS REQUIRED
An Airline Health Certificate issued within 10 days of travel is required. Additionally, all required paperwork for the country of destination will need to accompany your pet.
If your pet is flying under Continental's PetSafe Program, you will need to know the drop off and pick up locations as they are not the reservations desk. You can find them here: Continental Cargo Pick Up and Drop Off Locations in the continental States. For international destinations, it will depend on the airport and you should contact Continental for that information.
Pet Crate Requirements
Your pet must travel in an IATA compliant crate that is sturdy, properly ventilated and with enough room for your pet to stand up and turn around without their head hitting the top of the crate. The door must have a spring lock and there must be absorbent material or a pad in the bottom of the crate. There must be 2 bowls attached to the door for food and water. (You can attach food to the crate for long flights) and LIVE ANIMAL and THIS END UP stickers on the sides. Wheels should be removed or disabled.
Continental will allow 2 puppies or kittens under 6 months to travel in the same carrier as long as they are of the same species and there is room for them, otherwise, only one pet is allowed per carrier.
Continental will ship all snub nosed (Brachycephalic) breeds up to the age of 6 months or 20 pounds without restrictions. With the exception of English Bulldogs, Continental will also ship the following snub nosed breeds in crates one size larger than normally required that have ventilation on all four sides: American Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Japanese Pug and Dutch Pug. Continental will also ship other snub nosed breeds including the Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bull Terrier, English Toy Spaniel, Bulldog, Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Pekinese and Shih Tzu.
All Boston Terriers, American and French Bulldogs, Pugs and mixes of these breeds will not be transported between May 15 and September 15. Travel between September 16 and May 14 are restricted to routes where the temperature will not exceed 85 degrees F.
Continental will ship the following dangerous dog breeds in IATA compliant CR82 reinforced crates:
American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, Ca de Bou, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasiliero, Perro de Presa Canario, Pit Bull Terriers and Tosa.
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