Qantas says it won’t let dogs, cats fly in the cabin

Qantas and Rex don’t plan to let pampered pets join their owners in the cabin.

By David Flynn, March 8 2024
Qantas says it won’t let dogs, cats fly in the cabin

Fur is flying after Virgin Australia outlined plans to let passengers bring their pets along for the ride on domestic flights.

What the airline terms as “everyday pets” – essentially dogs and cats – would be permitted in the cabin, enjoying the same status as currently limited to designated support animals instead of being consigned to the aircraft’s below-decks cargo hold.

The controversial move came after Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority relaxed the rules on passengers bringing their pets with them in mid-2022.

However, Qantas tells Executive Traveller it will not follow Virgin’s lead and issue boarding passes to all mutts and moggies; in accordance with long-standing practice, only authorised assistance or service dogs will be permitted in the cabin.

A Rex spokesperson said while the airline was “not ruling out the carriage of pets in the cabin... our policy for the carriage of assistant dogs remains unchanged and are welcome in the cabin.”

Pets are always welcome on Qantas, just not in the same cabin as humans...
Pets are always welcome on Qantas, just not in the same cabin as humans...

Virgin claims a poll taken via its Facebook page saw 85% of respondents in favour of the airline allowing pets in the cabin; additional research claiming nearly 70% of Australian pet owners would travel with their pet in the cabin, while 57% said they would fly more regularly if the service was a reality.

However, public response to Virgin’s announcement is divided. Social media comments are almost evenly split for and against, while a snap poll conducted by Executive Traveller saw 53% of people against Virgin’s new pet-friendly policy and 47% in favour.

Allowing dogs and cats in airline cabins is already widespread in the USA and Europe, although at a cost: most US carriers charge US$125 per pet on one-way domestic flights, while Lufthansa applies a €50-€70 levy per pet.

(Virgin confirmed it will charge passengers a yet-to-be-revealed fee for bringing their high-flying pets on board.)

During the pandemic, we even saw former racing greyhound Lewis upgraded from a kennel in the cargo hold to his very own business class seat on a near-empty Singapore Airlines flight from Melbourne to Italy.

The goodest of good boys: Lewis flew business class alongside his favourite human.
The goodest of good boys: Lewis flew business class alongside his favourite human.

Just don’t get your pet’s hopes up for those Virgin Australia flights: your favourite furry friend won’t be able to sit on your lap or curl up on an empty seat next to you.

Virgin says animals will have to remain in an small ventilated airline-approved pet carrier (Executive Traveller is seeking clarification on if this will count as one of your two carry-on bags).

More crucially, that carrier must then be stowed under the seat in front of the owner for the duration of the flight - which will no doubt prove a tight fit for poodles and pugs, let alone medium-sized dogs.

Small-sized dogs and cats could soon be flying high on Virgin Australia.
Small-sized dogs and cats could soon be flying high on Virgin Australia.

And the ‘pet zone’ will be restricted to a limited number of designated rows on each plane. 

“It won’t be a menagerie on board, we’re just talking dogs or cats,” clarified outgoing Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka, ahead of her departure from the airline in the coming months.

Hrdlicka also noted that the creation of those pet-friendly rows meant for passengers who “don’t want to be anywhere near those rows, it will be easy to be separated, especially if you have an allergy.”

28 Mar 2018

Total posts 31

It's a hollow initiative unless airports agree to allow pets in the terminals. Most don't. 

THR
THR

20 Sep 2012

Total posts 76

Quite obviously they would engage with those airports to provide permission. Why would airports allow pets today if no airline allows them in the aircraft?

Etihad - Etihad Guest

06 Apr 2012

Total posts 123

I wonder what the security screening process would be at the airport ?

bmc
bmc

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Aug 2013

Total posts 172

or what if fido is selected for a special pat down

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

11 Sep 2015

Total posts 46

They didn't survey me. I'd switch immediately to whatever domestic airline does NOT allow pets in the cabin.

08 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

Well done air terminals never let the dogs or cats ever in an airport Keep your pets at home you self entitled woke yuppies 

Where is your respect for other passengers oh no hang on it is all about your needs 

I did my service in the defense force and 3 decades as a Paramedic I would never impose my self centred needs on other people I am an old guy 68 we had respect for other people Not like the new woke its all about  my needs people 

So your ok with your dog cocking its leg in an airport and having a piss while you have that dumb grin then fart and bark on the plane due to pressure variants ( bet these virgin yuppies did not think of that )

These new assistance dogs for people with so called PTSD I wonder how many actually use that excuse 

Dogs for the blind I understand  

Our society is going to the dogs 

08 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

I’d hate to point out the obvious,  but by your own metric you are already imposing your own views on other people. 

I say it’s about time that Australia caught up with the rest of the world and allowed passengers to travel with pets. It doesn’t seem to be a big issue in Europe or the US.  

(Also “woke” seems to be used as a pejorative here. Isn’t being woke a good thing?) but I digress. 

Air Canada - Aeroplan

28 Feb 2015

Total posts 111

Not in issue in the US? You obviously haven't seen the articles about people trying to bring miniature horses or other very oversize or dangerous animals on board, claiming they are a "support" animal.

Air Canada - Aeroplan

28 Feb 2015

Total posts 111

Not in issue in the US? You obviously haven't seen the articles about people trying to bring miniature horses or other very oversize or dangerous animals on board, claiming they are an "emotional support" animal.

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

“… So your (you’re) ok with your dog cocking its leg in an airport and having a piss while you have that dumb grin then fart and bark on the plane due to pressure variants …”

I so enjoy comments without punctuation.  In this case I visualise a pet owner with a “dumb grin” watching his pet pissing in the terminal then the pet owner getting on the aircraft and “farting and barking”. I must confess to farting at times on aircraft … but never barking. Maybe next time.

Isn’t the English language so, SO entertaining without all those annoying commas, apostrophes, quotation marks etc.

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 28

Almost like you haven't even read what is proposed here, and just wanted to be the Abe Simpson 'cranky old man yells at the clouds' in your comment'.

Oh, hang on a minute. That's exactly what you want to do. Now with added bonus of throwing 'woke' in for anything you may disagree with.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

20 Jan 2018

Total posts 39

I'm almost 72, and I would hate to be the grumpy old donk that you have become.  Get a life and accept that the world is always changing.  And sometimes for the better!  Rejoice in that!

People like you have given up and just want to return to "the way things were".   Except for observing good punctuation and correct spelling and word usage! Clearly there are things for you still to learn.

Allowing pets on aircraft will find its own appropriate level.  How about we allow that to happen, and be constructively involved in that process?

Don't give up on this changing world.  It needs everyone's energy and determination to tackle far more challenging issues than this!

01 Jul 2021

Total posts 38

About time an Australian airline allows pets in cabins I welcome this change knowing my pet will be safe next to me instead of in the cargo hold.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 May 2020

Total posts 30

Fantastic news.  Having flown a lot in Europe with our dog this is welcome news.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Sep 2016

Total posts 14

I wonder if "take no luggage" will apply to pet carriers in the event of an emergency evacuation?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Jan 2014

Total posts 5

It shouldn't but we all know it won't. Let's risk people's lives to save Fido, who shouldn't be in the passenger deck anyway

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

Compromise required in emergency vacuation situations. Take the pet cage and leave the owner behind.

06 Jul 2020

Total posts 1

@RWGW100 So on that note do we tell parents to leave their baby behind in the event of an emergency evacuation? 

05 Aug 2023

Total posts 12

Maybe we can solve a twofer problem here... Babies in overhead locker or under seat in front. Then divide the cabin into these pet/baby friendly zones, and put a door to the zone.

Then door can close to this section, to keep the wretched screaming, growling, stinking and general unpleasant zone from other passengers.

Simples.

Yes, this is a flippant post, but to my real point: leisure animals belong in the hold . Service animals (which undergo rigorous training to assist people with disabilities) only in the cabin.

If you cannot holiday without taking your animals, then it is probably time to consider whether you are a responsible pet owner at all...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 464

It would be interesting to see a pet carrier that fits under a seat.  Would it be reasonable to put any adult cat or dog in it?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 360

All the naysayers clearly don't travel much when it has proven to work quite successfully overseas for many years. And that is with more flexibility than what is being proposed here. I have seen small dogs on the seat with the owner in Business. 

It's all good for mine. 

26 May 2016

Total posts 19

All the naysayer's are probably referring more to the stink. 

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

“… (out of the cage and) on the seat with the owner …” Hell no! Nor on the flight on the airline I’ll be changing to.

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 673

I have always avoided hotels that accept pets now Virgin as well.

JJ1
JJ1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2015

Total posts 29

As mentioned above, how many pet carriers will fit comfortably under a seat? Humans already complain about being crammed into seats on flights. 5 hours Sydney to Perth for a pet to be in a confined space? I would hardly think anyone would want to see a pet subjected to that

05 Aug 2023

Total posts 12

And remember, with Virgin's 737-800 changes to add a row in economy and kill off a row of economy X... That cramped is about to get exciting!

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 967

As I have previously stated in the past, it's not the pets we have to worry about it's their owners......

And about other countries allowing pets on planes, first hand knowledge is that their owners seem to have a higher IQ when travelling with there pets whether it's domestic or international.

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

But not high enough to consistently know the difference between “there” and “their“?

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 967

As long as the fingers turn things to gold, who cares

11 Jul 2018

Total posts 7

Ugh I really don’t support this. Having a pet and accomodating it is the owners issue. Adds another layer or complexity and annoyance to the cabin. 

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 967

I wonder what the cabin crew think 🤔 

I think I already know from past experience when an entitled owner has brought there pet onboard

05 Jan 2022

Total posts 2

Dogs and cats on planes?  I love my cat, and I loved my dog when he was with us.  However, I won't be travelling on airlines that permit them in the cabin.  It's hard enough to get passengers to leave their carry-on behind during an evacuation, there's no way anyone is going to leave Tiddles or Fido behind - so we'll have people trying to manhandle 4kg of pet plus 2-3kg of pet carrier down the aisle and down the emergency slide.  Last year we had zero deaths on scheduled commercial air services - but plenty of injuries (mainly relatively minor, thankfully) on evacuations.  Why do it?

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 673

For the record I have been an avid dog person all my life. Pets, like babies and children under 8, don't belong on planes nor can they be cooped up in hotel rooms. It's quite immature of you to quickly jump to conclusions.

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 28

Why should kids be restricted on flights?

Yes, they are annoying little shits sometimes. But aircraft are primarily a transport from A to B. Why should people with children not be allowed to use them for that purpose?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

Total posts 711

But seriously, lets hope someone at Virgin has the foresight to limit 'pet flights' to those which ARE NOT in peak hours.  Suggest it be limited to flights departing between 10am and 3pm.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Nov 2012

Total posts 120

Typical dog and cat owners.  Think only of themselves. I don’t hate dogs or cats and am happy to admire from afar, but I’m allergic to them and don’t want to be confined on a plane with them. I have been in a plane in the US and had to be moved due to asthma which was fine as the plane was quite empty but if it wasn’t I can’t imagine how that would have been managed. I doubt I’d descend into full Karen, but being unwell through no fault of your own can bring out the Karen in even the most even keeled of us. Pop the pets in the hold. Oh AFWIW I doubt pets would love being imprisoned in a plastic box for hours. I feel for them.

07 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

Have experienced dogs travelling on planes in Europe several times, most of the time it becomes a nuisance has been in the airport terminals with dogs constantly barking and have also witnessed one pretty savage fight. On the plane actually feel sorry for the dogs and no doubt cats that are shoved in little cages and then shoved under the seat in front of the owner, cruel in my book. Have also experienced a long session of barking on one plane with the dog being transferred into the plane hold(?) after complaints from other passengers.

I for one will not be flying Virgin when this rule is introduced, barking annoys the hell out of me and I should not have to put up with it when trying to relax on a flight.

Air Canada - Aeroplan

28 Feb 2015

Total posts 111

Let's not forget cats, which will yowl loudly for the entire time they are stuck in a container they don't want to be in. I know this from a three-hour road trip...

07 Jan 2016

Total posts 36

So - Virgin's gone to the dogs literally, whereas Qantas has gone to the dogs metaphorically, yeah ?

11 May 2020

Total posts 14

Qantas is only good for dogs more like. The food especially. Actually scrap that, my dog would turn her nose up at the "pesto chicken ciabatta" doughy mush they had the cheek to call "lunch" on my flight from Sydney to Melbourne yesterday.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 412

No no no and no. It's a joke in the usa. 

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 967

A Bulldog, Doberman, and Chihuahua are sitting on a plane. A beautiful female Collie struts by and stops at their seats, saying: "Whoever can say liver and cheese in a sentence can have me."

So the Doberman says, "I love liver and cheese!" The Collie replies: "That's not good enough for me."

The Bulldog grumbles, "I hate liver and cheese." The Collies says: "That's not creative enough for me."

Finally the Chihuahua says: "Liver alone... cheese mine."

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

And? And? C’mon, don’t leave us all in suspense, give us the punchline … the funny bit.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 967

The punch line is simple, “it’s a joke” “pets on planes is a joke” 🤦🤦🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

Yay, now I can bring my German Shephered along with me.....oh hang on, he won't fit in a container under the seat. That must be pet discrimination?????

Yes, I am a dog owner but would not bring my pets along out of consideration for fellow passensgers.

08 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

Not a great fan of Virgin, but I will certainly have to revisit this position. An excellent move. Hopefully Qantas follow suit. Now if we can just get the rest of public transport on board.....

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

I detect a strong whiff of sarcasm in this comment. Bravo!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Sep 2013

Total posts 188

In a word - NO!!  If you can't leave home without blessing the rest of us with your pet, please stay home.

19 Oct 2018

Total posts 8

I am sorry to say, no pets on in the cabin accept where they have traditionally been carried. Been reading all these sob stories oh people can’t take their pets with them, sorry yes they can and have been able to for years, just in another part of the aircraft other than the cabin. And I believe it should stay that way!

18 Aug 2021

Total posts 6

I think Virgin will lose much more customers than it could possibly gain. Also, how do you fit an oxygen mask to a dog or cat? Perhaps they will be collateral damage during an emergency. I guess the pet and cage will have to be left behind during an evacuation, or perhaps virgin consider a dog or cats life is worth the same or more than a man, women, or child.

Looks like Virgin is not really considering safety as their top priority. 

At least there will be the option to use either Qantas or Rex and hence esclude any travel on the flying kennel (Virgin).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

Animals do not belong in any cabin - First-business or economy. I would not be happy and as a rule I fly premium.

P1
P1

24 Apr 2017

Total posts 78

If it does get up, my current preference for Virgin flights will be reversed 100%, and they will be my last choice.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Aug 2015

Total posts 53

Not even last choice... id rather drive or pick another day or wont go at all !

06 Feb 2013

Total posts 14

There’s about 20 other airlines that allow dogs in the cabin, presumably all have overcome most of the issues raised in the thread. If passengers choose to break the rules inflight or not follow crew instructions, then naturally it will be managed in the usual way with the authorities on call if required. It obviously can work as it works elsewhere. We don’t always have to be ultra conservative here surely. 

05 Aug 2023

Total posts 12

All have overcome this problem?

Let us see.  Problem? Try and throw $125, then $200

24 Feb 2023

Total posts 1

On a more serious note. 

My husband is immunosuppressed and has been told by his specialist that it is imperative to avoid bacterial infection. As dog faeces frequently contains antibiotic 'resistant' bacteria, that would rule Virgin out for us. I agree also with a previous comment about allergies (also real for us as our son is allergic to cat and dog dander) that it would pose quite a dilemma for the airline on full capacity flights, if as a result they had to relocate passengers away from the furry friends. 

It seems to me that Virgin hasn't fully considered the implications of such a decision. 

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 28

Would you husband intend to bend down and remove the dog poop from the cage itself? I understand the risk, but for a dog/cat in a cage, its pretty minimal unless he was to go out of his way to be in contact. And surely you would be letting the airline know of any requirements in advance anyway?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

04 Sep 2015

Total posts 20

Platinum flyer here and I am not happy at all, so now I might have a yappy dog under my seat as the cage is shoved under my seat , why should I have to put up with this, I wrote and complained to Virgin, and also asked why did they not survey all their Velocity members ???, Did Jane do this because Bain are moving her on??

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Aug 2015

Total posts 53

What email address did you use to complain... I'm a Gold member for both airlines and will happily tell virgin I'm not travelling with them ever again and will warn Qantas not to be so stupid !!

05 Aug 2023

Total posts 12

They could have sent an email surveying all Velocity members, and anyone who did a reservation in, say, the past 365 days who didn't nominate a VAFF number to their email in the booking.

But, no.

Someone thought-bubbled and then focus-grouped this.  Guaranteed.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Aug 2015

Total posts 53

I'm a pet lover but this is a hard NO for me....  What about people with bad allergies ? Also its cruel to the animal to be shoved in a small box that would fit under the seat. In the cargo hold they can be in a proper sized pet carrier which at least lets them turn around sit up and stretch

08 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

Will Virgin let me take my pet snakes on the plane?

JNN
JNN

14 Jan 2022

Total posts 3

Hopefully not. I’ve seen the movie ‘snakes on a plane’ and it didn’t turn out too good. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Jan 2017

Total posts 7

Not a fan - hope Qantas and REX continue to say No

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Mar 2024

Total posts 1

Thanks Qantas at least one airline will be safe. For someone who is petrified of dogs, flying in Europe is a real challenge as the only way to object is to leave the flight and forfeit your ticket as you have no say on having a dog next to you.

06 Feb 2021

Total posts 59

Nothing like coming up with a really dumb idea that is guaranteed to more than annoy a high proportion of your customers, then leave the poor sucker who is taking over from you as CEO to clean up the mess, literally, you have just created.  Talk about handing over the poison chalice.

I just hope someone in Virgin's PR Department is keeping an eye on the comments about this on both here and in the newspapers. Will not be surprised if the idea is quietly dropped, or, the requirements become so onerous no-one uses the facility, then they can drop it and announce demand for the service from customers didn't justify continuing to offer it.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

Perhaps look at comments where the average age isn't approaching 70. A lot of very happy people who will now be flying virgin. 

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

Excellent idea. Umm … looking everywhere … can find the “contributor IQ” information (not encouraging in some cases) but can’t find contributor’s age details … help please, where do I find it!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Mar 2018

Total posts 26

I predict this will last as long as it takes the first passenger or crew member to lodge an OH&S claim/case against the airline for inflaming their allergy response to dog or cat hair.

05 Aug 2023

Total posts 12

Or the first medical diversion from anaphylaxis, and the subsequent cost of supplying epipens to all aircraft medical kits, and training of staff to use them...

Is there any wonder why nuts allergens have been minimised from aircraft spaces?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

First pet allergies dont really result in anaphylaxis. Second how many of the thousands of flights a year with dogs in the us result in diversions? I couldn't find reference to any to allergies.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 May 2016

Total posts 5

I’m also an animal lover, but many people are allergic to cat fur, so Virgin better be armed and ready for all the compensation claims (which will only increase costs to the rest of us).

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

it's limited services? You book your self onto a pet service. Well you sort of waive the right to claim compensation... 

20 May 2020

Total posts 5

I will exercise my choice to fly with another airline and will convert all my velocity points to Singapore Airlines if Virgin persist with this nonsense

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

Singapore airlines allow dogs on planes. I have flown in business with more than one dog now. 

20 May 2020

Total posts 5

Sorry that is incorrect.  Singapore Airlines do NOT allow dogs in passenger areas unless they are medically certified as necessary for the patient. You can check their website.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

I have been on two flights, with two dogs having their own seat in business. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

Checking their website will not undo my lived experiences. 

18 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

@jaredw … there there, we all believe you deary. Nurse, over here, this one’s hallucinating again!

30 Jun 2020

Total posts 6

SA only allows dogs specifically trained for medical assistance.  No pets or even emotional support dogs are permitted.

08 Feb 2018

Total posts 160

Boomers…annnnd go!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Jan 2014

Total posts 5

Do you think it's a good idea to make a decision based on the results of a Facebook poll? I certainly don't. How many of the responders actually fly with Virgin? If you want to know what your customers really think, then spend a bit of money doing a video survey.
How about a Facebook poll asking if all fares should be limited to under $100. Sure it would be a massive yes - would Vurgin immediately accept it and slash all fares? 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

Who is making a decision off a facebook poll? 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Jan 2014

Total posts 5

Where did I get the "video survey" from? Sorry- it should be a "valid survey".



And what do those who don't "do" Facebook think?

One World

31 Mar 2020

Total posts 18

Unfortunately for me i have allergies to pet hair, barking dogs and screaming babies, in the event i have an episode because of a "pet" where i become extremely ill very quickly, will i be compensated or do the "pets" have more rights than me, thank god i don't fly Virgin. Pets = BIG NO

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 123

So you dont fly virgin and this wont impact you at all,  but still feel you need compensation? 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Nov 2012

Total posts 26

If Virgin wants to attract pet owners as customers, more power to them. I'm happy to fly on any other airline that doesn't allow pets in the cabin. In any case, I wonder the idea will ever really fly, because as others have pointed out, there might be OH&S/compensation issues. 

Also, I don't think we need to label the people we disagree with in this discussion as 'woke' or as 'old/boomers'. We have enough people trying to start culture wars in this country without invoking that kind of craziness in a discussion about pets on aircraft. 

05 Aug 2023

Total posts 12

Imagine you are waiting to board, but your flight is delayed or cancelled because the cabin needs a deep clean due to animals on the last flight...

Just imagine....

08 Feb 2018

Total posts 160

Please advise how often this happens in Europe, or are you actually just imagining it?

17 May 2017

Total posts 1

Why don't Virgin and other airlines provide special flights for passengers travel with their pets, so other passengers don't have to mingle with them.

11 May 2022

Total posts 3

It’s a hard no from me. Virgin!!! This is not America or Europe 

08 Feb 2018

Total posts 160

What sort of argument is that? 

08 May 2020

Total posts 83

I don't have a problem with it as long as the option is only available for flights between 10.00am and 14.00pm 

This will give me the option take Pet free flights outside these hours.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Apr 2011

Total posts 18

It will be interesting to see how this plays out for VA. I'm glad QF has made their policy stance clear.
I do hope VA's implementation will make it clear which flights and rows are pet friendly and which ones aren't, so travellers can make informed choices. Will there be carpet or rubber mats in the designated pet friendly rows? Will the floors be cleaned any differently in these rows after each of these flight? Will there be special pet friendly zones/facilities at airports created for pets before flights?
I have found most (but not all) small pets in the US to be well behaved in lounges and on board, but I am not a fan. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Jan 2017

Total posts 28

This crazy idea is a non-starter - unless every domestic terminal changes its policy on animals.  And the infrastructure cost to accommodate pets inside terminals?  The effect on round staff and cabin crew who may be allergic?  I had to  check the date to make sure it wasn't April 1!

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 28

I don't think a 'relieving area' for dogs/cats is really going to be the massive infrastructure cost you think it will be....

One World

31 Mar 2020

Total posts 18

What if you start on a dog friendly flight then when you transit to another carrier they change to no dog policy, what happens to the doberman.

05 Aug 2023

Total posts 12

"Kids, Donnie the Doberman is in Doggy Heaven now..."

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Oct 2017

Total posts 93

Can I bring a baby American Pit Bull on board ?

American Airlines - AAdvantage

02 Jun 2019

Total posts 21

How can the pride of Australia being pro "Kangaroo" be anti-dog ?    Lets be reasonable about this.

05 Apr 2017

Total posts 19

Years ago, when smoking was allowed on board commercial aircraft, there were designated non-smoking rows and designated smoking-permitted rows.   It seems that VA is aiming for that kind of segregation.  Clearly, there are going to be economy rows designated for pets.  Will there also be "preferred seating" rows ?  Will there be Economy X rows ?  Will there be Business Class rows ?  If not, why not ?  What a can of worms !

Air Canada - Aeroplan

28 Feb 2015

Total posts 111

Rows segregated into smoking and non-smoking was better than nothing, but non-smokers always dreaded the seat-belt sign going off because it was be followed instantly by a wave a smoke, all the way through the cabin. Presumably the same will happen with barking pets, except they won't respect the "No Barking" signs.


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