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What a ruff flight! An airline is allowing passengers to fly with their dogs in the main cabin

Japan Airlines recently ran a unique experience that allowed passengers to take their dogs into the main cabin with them during a flight.

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A happy woman and her dog on board the special flight. Image by Richard Atrero de Guzman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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A furry flyer holds up his ticket during the Wan Wan Jet Tour by JAL. Image by Richard Atrero de Guzman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Launched by JAL in association with Aeon Pet, the ‘Wan Wan Jet Tour’ charter flight saw owners travelling together with their canine companions on a special three-day domestic tour in Japan. The flight took passengers from Narita airport near Tokyo to Kagoshima Prefecture in the south west of the country. As part of the package tour, owners also got to have dinner with their dogs and stay in a hotel room as well as going sightseeing in rented cars.

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The flight was part of a special dog-friendly package.

The event was accompanied by two veterinarians and included dog treats, a boarding certificate with a photo and free crate training before departure, depending on customer preferences. While regular flights usually require passengers to have dogs checked into a special department on the plane at least 30 minutes before departure, the wan wan flight saw 61 customers and 31 dogs boarding the plane together before being swept off for a unique adventure.

Pet Flight
The package allowed passengers to stay in a hotel room with their pet and have dinner together. Image by Richard Atrero de Guzman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
The experiment follows a trend in pet-friendly travel.
The experiment follows a trend in pet-friendly travel.

The travel industry has seen a number of pet-related trends growing in recent times, with intrepid travellers creating their own transportation in order to include their favourite animals on journeys, as well as special pet minding services becoming increasingly popular for travellers wishing to get stay in destinations for free while making new furry friends. A JAL spokesperson has said that Japan Airlines may consider launching the charter flight again in future if there is sufficient customer interest.

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