What to know if you are planning to travel on a plane with your pet

LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - In light of recent pet incidents happening on airplanes, a U.S. Senator is looking to introduce legislation that would prohibit airlines from placing animals in overhead bins.

According to the Transportation Department, 24 animals have died during air travel during 2017.

If you and your four-legged friend are planning to fly there are a few helpful tips to ensure they have a safe flight.

The ASPCA recommends getting your pet micro-chipped for identification and check with your pet’s vet prior to travel.

If your pet is too large to go underneath your seat, it’s important to purchase a USDA approved shipping crate that is appropriately sized.
Mark the crate with the words live animal along with a photo of your pet.
Estela Lozano with the Lozano Travel Agency says, "There are specific guidelines that each airline has on their websites, specific to the airline and specific to the breeds and the kennels that have to be used. These pets must go under the seat in front of you and they must stay in the kennel the whole time."

You’ll also want to mark the crate with your pertinent travel information.
Also always make sure to tell an airline employee that you are traveling with a pet.