If you read our recent blog post about the RAM Kennel Collapsible Crate, you already know that it’s one of the highest quality kennels on the market for all working dog breeds. But we recognize that it does have one flaw: It’s not compliant with the Federal Aviation Administration’s current regulations for all dog crates.
That’s why we developed the Ray Allen Manufacturing Kennel Airline Compliant Kit. This kit is a must-have for any police officers or military personnel who need to fly with their K9s.
What Are The FAA’s Dog Kennel Requirements?
Like its regulations for human passengers, the FAA’s rules for dog crates are designed to keep your K9 safe while they’re in transit in an airplane’s cargo hold.
Chief among the regulations is that all kennels must have air ventilation holes running the length of four sides. Every kennel must be made of a heavy-duty and waterproof material like metal, fiberglass, or thick plastic.
The FAA requires all dog crates to have handling bars along both sides to make it easy for airline employees to transport working dogs from the terminal to the airplane.
To ensure your dog stays well-fed and hydrated, food and water bowls must be attached to the inside of the front door. Additionally, these bowls must be refillable without opening the front door.
Finally, FAA mandates state that all kennels transporting working dogs must have “Live Animal” labels on at least two sides along with the dog’s name, owner’s contact info, and the time the K9 was last fed and watered.
It’s not a rule, but the FAA advises owners to attach a leash and a collar to the outside of the kennel. Putting these items in a plastic bag and taping them to the kennel makes it easier to seamlessly transition your K9 from their kennel back to “working mode.”
The FAA doesn’t recommend putting any hard dog toys in the crate because they can bounce around and actually hurt your dog. But something softer, like the Mammoth 3 Knot Tug with Tennis Ball, is the perfect toy to keep your K9 entertained throughout the flight.
We Have Everything You and Your K9 Need
In addition to being big enough for most working dogs to turn around comfortably, our dog crate is made of heavy-duty metal that stands up against the toughest conditions. It’s also perforated along four sides to guarantee your working dog has plenty of air.
While the sturdy front door features a locking mechanism, it doesn’t come with water or food bowls. That’s where our dog airline kit saves the day! It has water and food dishes along with plastic hoses and funnels that allow handlers to refill the bowls without accessing the inside of the kennel.
Since the point of our kennel is to be collapsible, it doesn’t come with the handlebars required by the FAA. For that, you’ll need to buy our Kennel Airline Compliant Kit. In addition to ensuring FAA compliance, these bars make your kennel sturdier. Plus, they’re easy to install in just a matter of minutes.
We also include the two required “Live Animal” labels in each kit and all the necessary hardware to transform your RAM Kennel Collapsible Crate to an FAA-approved model.
By purchasing our airline compliance kit, you’ll be ready to bring your K9 from point A to B without any hassle from the FAA. But to keep your working dog happy during the journey, we advise buying our Cedar Comfort Portable Kennel Inserts and a few tasty dog chews!
Why Ray Allen?
From harnesses and leashes to bite suits, wellness supplies, and more, Ray Allen Manufacturing has been producing handmade military-grade products for working dogs and K9 handlers for over 70 years.
We’re proud to be the go-to, most trusted brand for police officers, military units, working dog programs, and K9 handlers and trainers worldwide.
Trust Ray Allen when you need the highest quality dog gear.