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DGCA allows airlines to form their own policies on pets’ carriage

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has advised all the airlines in India to formulate and prominently display the policy of “Carriage of Pets in Aircraft Cabin of Scheduled Passenger flight” on their respective websites.

It said that reference is made regarding the carriage of Pets in the Aircraft Cabin of a Scheduled Passenger flight.

“It is brought to the attention of all concerned that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has not yet issued any Standards and Recommended Practices. Currently selected (SARPs) or guidelines with regard to carriage of pets in the passenger compartment,” the DGCA said on Tuesday.

The US-based aviation regulator Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has permitted their airlines to have their own respective policies for the carriage of ‘pets’ in cabins.

“The aviation safety regulators worldwide have not issued any specific policy for carriage of pets inside the cabin and they have allowed their airlines to develop respective procedures for the same,” it added.

Similarly, in the exercise of the powers conferred under rule 24C of Aircraft Rules 1937, DGCA has permitted the airlines to carry by air to, from and within India, animals, birds, and reptiles in an aircraft subject to the observance of the general conditions as specified in AIC 9 of 1985. It was decided by the pilot in command (PIC) only.

“It is further clarified that within the ambit of said AIC, airlines are permitted to formulate their own procedures for carriage of pets/live animals in the cabin as the final responsibility of the safety of flight is with the pilot in command of the flight,” the Indian aviation regulator said.

DGCA has advised all airlines to formulate and prominently display on their website policy of carriage of pets for better understanding of the passengers, it said.

Source: ANI