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When it comes to air travel, pets should generally be carried in the luggage compartment.
However, Nok Air, a Thai airline, arranged a “pet on board” flight on August 30.
On the flight from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok to Chiang Mai, owners brought their dogs to the passenger cabin in special couriers.
Nok Air shared in a Facebook post on August 30 about the special flight.
Special pet carriers
The pets were flown in special bags printed with the “Nok Air Pet on Board” label.
The carriers featured large mesh panels that allowed the pets to be observed from the outside, while providing ventilation.
They also had special zipper openings where the pets could see out while being carried around.
Tickets sold for THB 12,999 (S$504)
Tickets for the Pet on Board flight were priced at 12,999 TBH (S$504) for two passengers and a pet, according to Thai media Thai.
Nok Air also handed out tickets for its Pet on Board flight by hosting a competition in July 2022.
Pets had to wear diapers
The pets were required to wear “ready-to-use diapers” during the trip, Nok Air said in response to a comment that the pets must have pooped while flying.
Nok Air also said that Pet on Board flights are currently only for dogs and cats, and other pets such as birds (or “Nok”, in Thai) cannot currently fly with their owners.
Pets not allowed on normal flights
However, not everyone was enthusiastic about the idea of pets traveling with passengers.
One commenter said he wouldn’t patronize the airline if he had to sit with dogs and cats.
Nok Air was quick to reply that pets are not allowed on the typical flights and that Pets On Board was a “special flight” that would not be available through the usual booking channel on the website.
The airline also said it would consider suggestions for more “Pet on Board” flights to various destinations.
Top image via Nok Air on Facebook
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