Travel with Pets and Hand Luggage in the Cabin on American Airlines

Passengers traveling with pets on American Airlines now have a more convenient and comfortable travel experience. The airline has updated its policy on cabin luggage to allow passengers to bring a pet in a carrier on board, along with an additional item as hand luggage.

The new regulations allow for cats and dogs that meet size, age, and destination requirements to be brought in the cabin. The pet must remain in the carrier throughout the flight, which must fit comfortably under the seat in front of the owner. The combined weight of the pet and carrier cannot exceed 9.07 kg.

In addition to the pet carrier, passengers are allowed to bring one additional item as hand luggage, such as a purse, small bag, or eligible piece of carry-on luggage. However, there are limits on the number of carriers allowed on flights. On American Airlines flights, only seven carriers are permitted in first class, while five are allowed on American Eagle flights in first class. Pet strollers must be checked in at the ticket counter and all checked baggage fees apply.

The new regulations aim to provide customers with a more convenient and comfortable travel experience by allowing passengers traveling with pets to bring their own carriers on board without having to pay an additional fee or limit their carry-on luggage to one piece fitting under the seat. If the pet or carrier exceeded the size limit, they would have had to travel in the plane’s hold and larger items would need to be checked in for an additional fee.

Exceptions have been made for U.S military personnel and Department of State personnel traveling on active duty as well as guidelines for transporting checked-in animals. These changes have been implemented to enhance overall travel experience for passengers flying with pets on American Airlines

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