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TikTok influencer reveals clever hack for flying your pet dog within the comfort of the aircraft cabin

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Lora McLaughlin Peterson has shared a handy step-by-step guide to bringing pets into an aircraft cabin

A TikTok influencer has revealed a handy hack for bringing pet pooches into an aircraft cabin.

When you buy your dog an airline ticket, you may place the animal in a ventilated pet carrier (which also accommodates cats) that slots under the aeroplane seat, a recent TikTok video by Lora McLaughlin Peterson explains. ‘These guys count as one in all your carry-ons,’ she reveals.

The 52-year-old globetrotting mum-of-three tells MailOnline Travel that almost all of the larger airlines within the U.S allow non-service animals – ‘meaning ticketed dogs that are regular pets’ – to travel within the cabin with their owners as carry-on baggage.  

Los Angeles native Lora, who has been flying together with her pets for seven years, reveals that airlines charge around $125 (£110) per dog for a one-way ticket.

In the TikTok video, Lora can be seen measuring her ventilated pet carrier to ensure it¿s the right size for the cabin

Within the TikTok video, Lora may be seen measuring her ventilated pet carrier to make sure it’s the appropriate size for the cabin

Lora’s dogs Tippy and Tiger are ‘seasoned cross-country travellers at this point’. She says: ‘They really must have a frequent flyer program for pets!’ 

Former CBS news correspondent Lora and her family book the airline tickets for his or her dogs once they’re reserving their very own plane tickets. She explains: ‘There are capability limits for ticketed dogs and their carriers only fit on certain planes.’

Within the TikTok video, Lora may be seen measuring her pet carrier to make sure it’s the appropriate size for the cabin ahead of her Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

Lora reveals: ‘Over time, on rare occasions, we now have had flights modified on us since the dog carrier would not fit under the seat.’ She notes that to be allowed into the cabin, dogs ‘should be around 20lbs (nine kilos), or less’.

The video sees Lora zip her dogs into their respective carriers ahead of a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta Dog carriers only fit on certain planes, Lora reveals

The video sees Lora zip her dogs into their respective carriers ahead of a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. Dog carriers only fit on certain planes, Lora reveals

The airlines charge around $125 (£110) per dog for a one-way trip

The airlines charge around $125 (£110) per dog for a one-way trip

Next, the footage shows Tippy and Tiger getting zipped inside their respective carriers before they’re wheeled through the airport.

Rules are in place once the dogs reach the safety gates. Lora explains: ‘You could remove them from their carriers and hold them whilst you walk through the metal detectors while their [carriers] undergo along with your bags.’

The social media star, who has built up an enormous following as a ‘hack expert’ and currently has 187,000 followers to her name, warns that you simply’re not allowed to take dogs out of their carriers while flying. 

What happens if the pooch needs the toilet mid-flight? ‘Luckily, we have never had that issue. We restrict their food and water before a flight so that they do not have the urge,’ Lora says.

Nevertheless, she notes that airports offer designated sites for ‘pet relief’ that they use before take-off and once their flight has landed. She says: ‘It’s something we never noticed before, but when you’re on this “pet travel world”, rapidly you begin noticing all of those little stuff you’d normally just walk by.’

The realisation that smaller dogs could go within the cabin dawned on Lora when she owned larger dogs. She explains: ‘They might must travel in cargo, but we noticed we would see smaller, non-service dogs within the cabin. Certainly one of the explanations we went with little dogs is… for ease of travel for each the dogs and us. It was really hard on our larger dogs and us to place them in cargo.’

What’s the journey like for the pooch? ‘They’re nice so long as they will see us. Additionally they just like the attention they get from other travellers. It’s really cute,’ says Lora.

In the video, Lora's dogs get wheeled through the airport in their cases At security, dogs must be removed from their carriers and held as you walk through the metal detectors, Lora reveals

Within the video, Lora’s dogs get wheeled through the airport of their cases. At security, dogs have to be faraway from their carriers and held as you walk through the metal detectors, Lora reveals

Above, Lora slots the dog carrier under the aeroplane seat The dogs 'like the attention they get from other travellers', Lora reveals

On the left, Lora slots the dog carrier under the aeroplane seat. The dogs ‘just like the attention they get from other travellers’, Lora reveals

¿Most folks are surprised you can buy an airline ticket for your pet,' says Lora

‘Most people are surprised you may buy an airline ticket in your pet,’ says Lora 

Generally, the dogs garner a ‘really positive’ response from other travellers. ‘Pets may be calming, so most people are glad to see them and ask to pet and even hold them,’ she says. 

The response on TikTok has been one in all surprise, Lora reveals. 

‘Most people are surprised you may buy an airline ticket in your pet and are very concerned about travelling with their furry friend,’ she says.

That is one in all many travel hacks that Lora has up her sleeve – her viral ‘one-step pack and unpack travel hack’ TikTok video shows her filling a wardrobe divider with folded clothes and collapsing it into her carry-on suitcase.  When she arrives at her destination, she simply takes out the divider and hangs it up, she reveals. 

To see more of Lora’s videos visit her TikTok, Instagram or YouTube pages.

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