> I have a 2 1/2 year old 'tiel. I have only had her since May. I am
> planning on going away for the holidays and will probably be gone for 2
> weeks. I would love to take Taylor with me, but I am concerned about
> taking a trip across the country (New York to New Mexico by plane) with
> her. Is it common to do this? Is it safe? I do have an airline approved
> cabin kennel for her, which almost makes the answer to my questions seem
> obviuos. The trip by plane is close to 5 hours :(
> Also, if it is OK to take her, will the "Bird Motel" cage advertised in
> BIRDTALK be adequate housing for the 2 weeks? I don't have one of these,
> but am willing to purchase one if it is sufficient. Another thing to
> consider is that the place that I will be staying uses a wood heater for
> their main source of heat (and believe me it DOES get cold in NM when you
> are in the mountains). There is a furnace for backup. My point is that I
> am concerned about the smoke produced by a wood heater.
> Of course I do plan to ask Taylor's vet to find out what his opinion is,
> as well as the opinion of the local bird place here, but I hoped I could
> also get advice from people who have had experience traveling with their
> little friends. My main concern is for Taylor.
> Thanks in advance.
Elsa, be VERY careful about travelling with any pets where plane flight is
involved. Although I haven't known anyone personally to travel with birds,
I've heard countless horror stories from dog-owner friends -- and I
imagine the same would apply to travelling with birds.
Basically, I've heard this (and please correct me if I'm wrong): some
(most?) airlines will not allow you to buy a ticket for your pet in the
cabin, even if you would pay extra, so Taylor would end up in the storage
space. Now, while some airlines claim they put the pets in a separte
section, most of the time they end up in with the rest of the luggage --
read, possibly crushed UNDERNEATH some of it. What is worse is that,
while the pilots are meant turn on a ventilation fan in the storage space,
sometimes they forget and the pets overheat, often dying. Similarly, the
fan can't be turned on while waiting for take off, hence if there's a
delay in take-off... In many cases you cannot get a guarantee from the
airline for special handling for pets, no matter how much you're willing
Basically, if you're considering it seriously check, check and
double-check with the airline you plan to use about how they treat pets.
Many vets may tell you that taking a pet on the plane is a worst case
scenario. This isn't to say you shouldn't -- just do lots of legwork and
investigate well ahead of time what services you and Taylor will be
Sorry for the doom and gloom, just be careful! And good luck.
McGill University, Faculty of Law