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Pets on KLMs 787s cargo hold not allowed, why?

Old 3rd Nov 2020, 08:11
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Pets on KLMs 787s cargo hold not allowed, why?

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Hi all, Iím trying to get my retriever dog and cat back to the USA from DXB and finding lots of restrictions. One is KLM not allowing pets as checked bags in their 787 aircraft. What is the reason and should I be concerned on other carriers 787s?

other issues, AF currently not allowing transfer at CDG, EK too long to LAX. LH looks promising. Cargo wanted up to $8000 which is insane.

other ideas appreciated as well as dxb pet relo companies.. thanks a bunch guys
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Old 3rd Nov 2020, 10:13
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There are various discussions on FlyerTalk about this.
One of them https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/klm-...=#post31500702
contains a post
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31513189-post7.html
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Pets are generally transported in the bulk cargo compartment, i.e. the aft compartment where items are loaded one-by-one and not inside large containers. This compartment is heated, but on the B787 the heating system has proven to be unreliable. So KLM has recently been transporting them in one of the forward holds which are heated and air-conditioned, but when they do that the temperature needs to be set to a comfortable temperature for the pet, restricting their ability to carry perishable items and pharmaceutical products, which require a lower temperature, and bring in more income.
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Old 3rd Nov 2020, 10:46
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Thanks! Interesting. KLM seems the only carrier being extra cautious.
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Old 3rd Nov 2020, 16:13
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Slightly off topic, but I've always wondered who does the AVI check on animals as checked luggage. Don't think check-out staff are trained to do it.
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