Australian Passengers Could Soon Be Allowed to Take Pets in the Cabin of Planes

Australian Passengers Could Soon Be Allowed to Take Pets in the Cabin of Planes

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Australian Passengers Could Soon Be Allowed to Take Pets in the Cabin of Planes

Australian Passengers Could Soon Be Allowed to Take Pets in the Cabin of Planes

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Under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)’s changes to flight rules coming into effect in December, pilots will decide whether pets can be transported in the cabin. Airlines must ensure appropriate flight safety measures.

“It’s not 100 per cent simple but what we’re saying from a rules point of view is as long as the safety rules are ticked off, we’re not going to get in the way of it,” a CASA spokesperson said, “A rule change will allow airlines to carry pets without applying for approval from CASA.”

Currently, only service dogs are allowed to travel in the plane cabin, and all non-service animals must travel in the cargo hold of planes. But in many overseas airlines, pets can be carried in cabins for a fee, even pigs, miniature horses, and ducks can sit with their owners.