Pet Crate Hardware
When your pet is traveling in cargo, you will need to have an IATA compliant pet crate in order to meet airline requirements for pets traveling in the cargo hold. Additionally, many airlines require that, instead of plastic fasteners, pet crates need to be secured by metal hardware. Presently, the following airlines make this requirement: United, Northwest, Horizon, Delta and Alaska Airlines.
If you have purchased a pet cargo crate from Pet Travel Store, this hardware is not included unless you have selected the option to add crate hardware.
If you own your pet crate, and need the accessories to qualify it for travel (hardware, live animal stickers, water and food bowls, etc.) you will need one of our pet crate accessory kits or the Update Your Pet Crate kit.
If you have everything required by IATA for your pet crate, we would suggest that you consider using this pet crate hardware. Because your pet is at greatest risk when being handled by the airlines, crate hardware will assist in keeping your pet's crate in tact should it be mishandled.
This item is for crate hardware only and would apply for pet owners who have everything else they need to make their pet crate compliant with IATA requirements. It is available in 5 sizes depending on the size of your pet's crate. Please note that enough crate hardware is included to address all of the openings on the pet crate normally secured by plastic fasteners.
|CRATE SIZE||NUTS and BOLTS||COST|
|Medium (Series 200)||15||$16.99|
|Intermediate (Series 300)||11||$14.99|
|Large - XL (Series 400-500)||15||$17.99|
|Giant (Series 700)||17||$19.99|
Everything went extremely well. This was the first time taking Ace on an airplane, so we had lots of questions & concerns. But we were thoroughly prepared, and we had a delightful journey.
These bolts are sturdy and super easy to use. They are now required for many airlines. Even if they aren't required for your particular airline, I would highly recommend switching from the plastic bolts to these metal bolts. The only thing I am disappointed about is that this website doesn't offer the colored bolts anymore. I bought pink bolts when I purchased from this website and there were a couple other colors to choose from. I hope the colored bolts come back. It is important to make your pet's crate stand out at the airport, especially if they are flying in excess baggage. The colored bolts help with this. I still highly recommend this product.
The hardware is sturdy and easy to use. It surpasses anything that I have been able to find for securing the pet crates in compliance with the airline regulations. The price is very reasonable-especially when one considers all the gas that I used trying to "piece together" hardware from a number of different local stores.