China Southern Airlines: Woof!; Prized precious pet passengers packed & pass perfectly

Pets as cargo might be good for passengers, but it increases responsibilites for ramp handlers.

M2 PRESSWIRE-NOVEMBER 22, 2005-CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES: WOOF!; Prized precious pet passengers packed & pass perfectly ©1994-2005 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

GUANGZHOU, China - China Southern Airlines, (NYSE: ZNH, HKSE: 1055, SHA 600029) - - with the largest and most technically advanced aircraft fleet in The People's Republic of China takes a detailed look into passengers wanting to travel with their pets.

"Don't want to leave your pet alone at home when you're about to travel? Then take them with you," said Mr. Li Kun, COO, China Southern Airlines who offers the following Q & A to assist safe air transportation of your pet:

Question: Are passengers permitted to take their pets into the cabin?

Answer: According to Civil Aviation regulations, pets are not allowed onboard the aircraft except for dogs for the seeing impaired. There are four reasons: First, once a pet (lets say a dog or cat) becomes agitated and beyond its guardian's control after boarding, it may run about the cabin and is very likely to bite off its restraining leach or hamper Flight Attendants in their duties.

Second, the pet could carry bacteria or parasites and since the cabin is relatively small and a sealed and constant temperature environment which is favorable to the multiply and infection of the bacteria, it could affect the health of the passengers and the aircrew.

Third, some pets such as mice could easily throw passengers into a panic

and finally pets can leave their droppings randomly in the cabin.

Mr. Li said that if passengers do want to travel together with their pet, you can consign it according to the airline regulations and your pet will be shipped to the destination with your flight.

"Passengers need to apply for permission for consignment of the pets when booking tickets, giving details about the pets, such as species, quantity and requirements for shipment and providing relevant certificates and obtain approval from the airline. On the same day of boarding, passengers need to pack their pet in an appropriate traveling box or container and go to the Cargo Consigning Department of the airline to pass through the necessary procedures. Those who hold China Southern's tickets need to go to China Southern's Cargo Station located at the Guangzhou's new Baiyun International Airport."

Mr. Li explained that the owner, when transporting animals on-board China Southern Airlines, must supply specific certificates."Consigners should produce quarantine certificates from the quarantine station above the county level and if the pet is being taken abroad, should also produce the animal import license and transfer license."

China Southern Airlines recommends that passengers transport their pet themselves as airline clerks at each airport will examine whether the packing case is solid, has the proper ventilation and whether the pet in able to eat and drink. The packing case should conform to the following requirements: First, the packing case should be firm enough to prevent the pet from opening it from the inside. Second, the packing case should be properly ventilated. Third, the packing case needs to be able to hold the pet's droppings during flight and ground handling.

Pets may not be shipped when they are pregnant, due to give birth within 48 hours or if they are still breast-feeding their litter.

Mr. Li said that in consigning one's pet is as simple as moving ordinary cargo. Passengers need to fill out a consignation form and provide necessary certificates and documents and then obtain the pet's ticket - or air waybill.

Be aware that the consignor will be paying a higher rate for the pet than ordinary cargo and in some instances there could be 150% charge of the ordinary cargo between the domestic cities in China. Charges on International shipments vary due to different destinations but the consignor will also have to pay a customs declaration fare and quarantine fare - except the rate for shipment.

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