Pets allowed on Australian aeroplanes under new aviation laws
Posted On April 29, 2022
Australian passengers are now able to travel with their pets alongside them in aeroplane cabins according to changes in aviation safety laws, but it will be up to airlines to implement the rule change.
According to new regulations implemented by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, it is now legal for passengers to bring their pets with them while travelling under a new “carriage of animals” policy.
But whether a passenger’s pet can join owners on their flights will be up to the individual airline and pilot in charge of the aircraft, who will consider the safety of those on board.
On airlines in Australia, pets are currently required to be checked into the cargo area of a plane, unless they are authorised assistance or service dogs.
Allowing dogs and cats in cabins is already widespread in Europe and the United States with some suggesting Australian airlines could soon follow suit.
A 9News poll revealed 71 per cent of voters who took part would fly with their pets if given the chance.
But others commented the allowance of pets on planes could be a “recipe for disaster.”
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One social media user commented that if aggressive dogs were allowed in passenger cabins, it could put other flyers or other service animals at risk.
Others noted passenger allergies or the potential annoyance to other people of untrained pups.
Representatives from Qantas and Jet Star have maintained they will not allow animals alongside passengers on their planes.
Virgin Australia has said it’s reexamining its pets policy, while Rex airlines is yet to rule out passenger and pet flying.