Q. How do I go about finding out how to ship my small dog from Sarasota to my daughter in Jacksonville, North Carolina? I'd prefer for her to travel in the cabin.... not under the plane. Is that possible?

A. Although there are plenty of people out there (us among them) who would actually prefer to share an armrest with a cute little dog from Sarasota over most human seatmates, airlines generally do not permit unaccompanied pets to travel in the cabin. Rules vary according to carrier. There some airlines don't allow pets, even as cargo. Some exclude particular routes. For example, US Airways will not accept pets on flights to/from Pheonix and Las Vegas due to high temperatures. Check with your airline, and do so early on since cargo space for pets can be limited.

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