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Pets Allowed to Fly on Australian Planes Under New Aviation Laws

According to changes in aviation safety law, Australian passengers will now be able to fly alongside their pets in aeroplane cabins. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority implemented the new regulation under a new “carriage of animals” policy. However, don’t let your puppy get too excited, as it will still be up to individual airlines to implement the rule change.

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Pets are currently required to be checked into the plane’s cargo area unless they are of authorised assistance or service dogs. Under the new policy, it will be up to the airline and pilot in charge of the aircraft, who will consider the safety of those on board. Cats and dogs travelling in cabins are already widespread throughout Europe and the United States, with some suggesting Australian airlines are next up. Although, it seems not everyone is on board (pun intended) with the new policy.

Earlier this month, ABC Perth asked: Should airlines allow pets to fly in the cabin with their owners? As expected, the comment section exploded with users of both sides voicing their opinion on the matter. One commenter wrote, “I love my dogs, but please no. Dog vomit smells. They fight with other dogs. The list goes on….”.  Another wrote, “My experience on flights with pets has been good. I can’t say the same for kids, babies and some adults.” Other frequent online complaints focused on allergies and the potential annoyance of untrained pups.

Qantas and Jet Star have maintained they will not allow pets to ride alongside passengers on their planes. Virgin Australia stated it is reevaluating its pet policy, while Rex Airlines is yet to decide on the matter.

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