Just imagine you are standing in the queue for security checking with your little friend taking some rest in a pet carrier approved by your airline authority. I bet you will feel nervous in such a situation if it is your first-time foreign tour and might be thinking how the security officers will react to your furry friend.
If you are prepared, there is no need to worry
Getting prepared is the most important step ahead of your visit with pet. If you have a clear idea of what to face next, things will be a lot easier when you will be waiting to get through security checking. With chatting and humming all over the airport, you should think about how to be prepared for the next rounds before you finally board the flight.
The TSA agents will ask you to hand your pet over to them as it too needs to get through security screening. You may even be asked to take your pet to the metal detector. However, if this is not possible for you, a secondary screening test will be performed on your pet, which involves both a physical and visual check. It may sound funny but these days when airport security has been made more stringent, your little companion too needs a thorough pat-down along just like its owner. The security guards will even ask for pet carrier checking and then you have to carry it in your lap and bring it on the ground.
If commotion or sight of so many people at airport scares your pet and forces it to react, you can request the security guards to keep it in a separate room during X-ray checking of the carrier. In reality, most of the pets often get scared at a new place like airport where a lot of unfamiliar people are coming in and out and it gets difficult to control them once they are out of their carrier. You will surely not want your little body to make its way out off the airport.
Reach the airport well much before your boarding time. This is because it will take more time for security checking than you have expected especially when you are travelling with a pet. If you are accompanied by someone during your trip, it will be of great help to you. However, when you are travelling on your own, carry a leash to keep the pet under your control. Even the quietest of pet may react in an unfamiliar way if it is brought to a place like airport as where a lot of strangers and noise are very common.