Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer David O'Brien has revealed the airline is considering allowing small dogs in the cabin.
Currently Ryanair operates a no-pet policy, Service Dogs excepted, but is considering changing that policy.
“We are open to lots of suggestions,' he said. 'It's one we're looking at. It could be quite difficult. What makes one person happy would make another unhappy.”
“But we'd be interested to hear what people think.”
What’s the current situation?
Among the leading European budget airlines, Flybe, Monarch and Thomson allow some pet travel, but typically have restrictions on weight and only allow pets in the hold.
Easyjet does not allow pets anywhere on the plane.
Germanwings does allow pets in the cabin, but does not offer this service to or from the UK or Ireland.
How exactly will this new “Pets in Cabin” policy this work?
Will there be a designated area?
How much would it cost?
How much would you be willing to pay?
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “Allowing dogs on planes is one of a number of proposals we are looking at under our Always Getting Better programme. We are open to lots of suggestions and it's one we are weighing up.”
Mr O'Brien said the move comes as Ryanair aims to improve its image from “cheap and sometimes cheerful” to “cheap and always cheerful”.
Cats, dogs and ferrets can be taken abroad within the EU without the need for quarantine, but there are strict rules. These include:
They must have been vaccinated against rabies and be treated against tapeworm, be microchipped and have a pet passport or third-country official vet certificate.
Airline Pet Policies
Obviously anyone considering taking a pet needs to check out the Airlines Pet Policy first e.g. Ryanair’s current policy: http://www.ryanair.com/us/terms-and-conditions/regulations-guidedogs/
Delta Air Lines launch tracking device for monitoring Pets in the hold
To help deal with some of the issues that have arisen from pets travelling in the hold (including fatalities), Delta has introduced a Pet Monitoring GPS system that allows Delta fliers track their furry friends' journeys in real time, from monitoring the temperature below, to whether their cage is upright or askew.
The first-of-its-kind technology was developed by Sendum Wireless Corp and is available for $50 per flight from 10 US airports. The move was no doubt aimed to make passengers feel safer about bringing their pets with them on flights, given a number of pet fatalities on board.