Can Beagles Fly with Their Owners?

With National Beagle Day being just around the corner, you might be looking to take a little vacation with your furry friend.  

Airline travel is always a fast and easy way to get to your destination, but traveling with a dog can make things more difficult.

So, can beagles fly with their owners and are you allowed to bring beagles on planes, particularly in the cabin? Let’s find out everything there is to know about beagles flying.

Snoopy flying for 'Beagle Airlines'
(“Flying highest” by TonoToki-CO, [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] via Deviant Art)

Can You Bring Beagles on Planes?

The short answer is yes, you can bring beagles on planes to accompany you on your trip. In the vast majority of cases, dogs are placed in a carrier and put in a special section of the cargo hold. While some might worry about their beagle being lonely and cold in the cargo hold, this isn’t the case.

First, although it is the cargo hold of the airplane, there is a section reserved specifically for dogs and other animals. This section is pressurized, heated, and lit, all in an attempt to make your beagle feel as comfortable as possible. And no, your dog won’t be stacked on top of baggage either. It’s a completely separate section.

Tips for When Beagles Fly in the Cargo Hold

Flying in the cargo hold can be a bit nerve-wracking for some animals, but there are some simple tips you can follow to ensure that your little beagle is as comfortable as can be for the duration of the flight. Something to remember is that airline staff will not have access to your pet in the cargo hold during the flight, only before and after.

  • Make sure that the pet carrier is large enough for your beagle. In general, carriers should be large enough so that your dog can fully stand up, easily turn around, and lay down, all without feeling cramped.
  • Although this part of the airplane is heated, it only goes so far. To keep your beagle warm and comfortable, putting a nice blanket or soft padding in the bottom of the carrier is recommended.
  • For many pets, the loud noises and unfamiliar faces can be a bit much to handle. To help remind your beagle of home and to keep them calm during the flight, give it some of its favorite toys and items.
  • Beagle energy levels tend to be quite high, so providing them with toys and activities to keep them occupied on long flights is recommended.
beagle checking luggage for drugs at the airport
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Can Beagles Fly with Their Owners in the Passenger Cabin?

Here is where things get a little tricky, because whether your beagle can fly with you in the passenger cabin depends on a variety of factors.

What makes this even trickier is that each airline has slightly different rules about bringing pets in the passenger cabin, and rules may also differ between domestic and international flights.

Here are some general considerations to keep in mind when looking to bring beagles on planes in the passenger cabin.

  • Many airlines place age restrictions on dogs, with many requiring dogs to be at least 8 or 10 weeks old, and fully weaned. Most airlines won’t allow very young pups in the passenger cabin.
  • Dogs must be well-behaved to fly in the passenger cabin, which means no barking, growling, or anything else of the sort.
  • Most airlines place size and/or weight restrictions on dogs on planes. Pet carriers must often meet certain size restrictions to be allowed to fly alongside their owners. Always check with the airline in question first.
this beagle looks like he's about to take-off into the air using his ears!
(“Fly like a beagle!” by Bukowsky18 [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr)

Can Beagles Fly on Planes?

While you shouldn’t have any problems bringing your beagle on an airplane, whether it can ride alongside you in the passenger cabin depends on the airline in question, so make sure to always check first!

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