Passengers And Dogs Can Ride Together Under New British
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 7, 2005
LONDON, ENGLAND--Airline passengers can now travel with their guide or assistance dogs on certain long-distance flights at major British airports.
New guidelines developed jointly by the UK's Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, the British Airports Authority, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recommend such dogs be allowed in the passenger cabin for flights of up to 10 hours.
Flights to and from London's Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports will be affected. BBC News reported that Britannia Airways, British Airways, EasyJet, First Choice Airways and Virgin Atlantic have all signed on to take part.
Guide Dogs had expressed concern that dogs being kept in the luggage compartment become disoriented and confused, and are not ready to work when they get off the plane after long flights.
"Guide dogs and their blind and partially sighted owners form an extraordinary partnership, and it's essential that this companionship remains whilst in transit," Tom Pey, Guide Dogs' Director of Policy and Development, said in a press statement.
Under the government's Pet Passport Scheme, all traveling dogs much be microchip identified, vaccinated against rabies, blood tested and treated against ticks and tapeworms. Owners have to carry car safety-style harnesses for securing their dog during the flight.
"Flying high with Pet Passports" (Guide Dogs for the Blind Association)