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No more hide and seek: China Airlines changes regulations on traveling with pets

防貓咪再失蹤 華航修寵物籠規定

China Airlines had a bit of a drama on Aug. 21, when a cat went missing from a checked baggage cart before it could be loaded onto a flight. It is thought the cat was frightened by the noisy surroundings and managed to escape from its crate. Luckily, China Airlines staff found the cat, safe and sound, six days later.


To prevent a recurrence of the situation, China Airlines, which formerly had no restrictions on the shape of pet crates, has now amended its regulations. In line with the regulations of other airlines, the company is applying restrictions on the material and functions of airline crates, which must be now also be secured to prevent pets from escaping.

In the new regulations, the crate must be made of rigid plastic to meet International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards, and have a single door that is both secure and paw proof, so the pet does not injure itself.


China Airlines accepts domesticated cats, dogs, and disabled passengers’ guide dogs, which are to be placed in crates, checked and placed in the cargo hold. The crates must be well-ventilated and have an inspection window, be equipped with water/feeding receptacles and be fitted with safety latches to prevent pets from escaping.


EVA Air stipulates that aircraft can carry pets, including domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits or guide dogs.


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