Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S10-14. Issues Related to Accommodating Animals Traveling through Airports

Companion and service animals are increasingly traveling through airport terminals and a wide range of species are transported as cargo. The types of animals commonly include companion animals, service animals, therapy animals, show animals, and other animals shipped through cargo carriers. As the number of animals that airlines transport increases, so does the need to accommodate them. There are a number of regulations governing animal welfare during transport. However, a number of species being transported by air are not protected by regulation. The increasing number of animal incidents and emergencies at airports require a cooperative approach by airlines, airports operators, and their associated contractors. Because airport operators would like to institute effective practices to accommodate the well-being of animals traveling through airports, all would benefit from a compilation of existing literature and practice. The objective of this synthesis is to (1) identify pertinent regulations; (2) describe the issues and ranges of accommodation requirements and strategies to respond to issues; and (3) describe through case examples some practices found effective in accommodating animals traveling through airports. The audience for this report is airport operators, airlines and contractors who are responsible for accommodating traveling animals, and those who respond to animal incidents and emergencies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $40000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Smith-Woolwine Associates, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Smith, James

  • Start Date: 20140523
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37647

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543502
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2014 1:00AM