How to Travel On A Plane With A Service Dog
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Traveling with a service dog requires some planning on your part. Whether you travel by car, bus, train, or airplane, you are allowed to take your service dog with you. It just requires some advanced planning.
Call and make your reservation. Do not tell them about your service dog at this time. Sometimes if you tell them about your dog, they may tell you the flight is full or overbooked already. Get your reservation and your confirmation first.
Call the next day (or at least 48 hours before your flight) and tell the airline about your service dog. They may ask that you sit in the bulkhead. If you don’t mind, agree. You will probably have more legroom there. You can probably sit anywhere you like unless you and your dog will block exit aisles. They can ask you sit where you will not block the aisle.
If you know that you need to make connections, arrange to have enough time between flights your dog can be walked and allowed to go to the bathroom. This may make your trip time longer but it will definitely be worth it. You dog will be much more comfortable in the end.
Make extra copies of the papers certifying your service animal. You do not need to explain your disability and reason for your need for the dog. Make sure to take the extra copies with you. Put one copy in your carry-on and one in your checked baggage.
Though the air carrier cannot demand that you have a health certificate for you dog, it would be a good idea to carry one with you. A health certificate for dogs is only required for dogs boarded as cargo.