I had friends traveling back to the US in July with Lufthansa (ZRH to Frankfurt then on to DC). In Zurich they were allowed to put the cats through the x-ray machine while still in the carrier. They turned down the level of the x-ray apparently and told them it was safe. In Frankfurt they had to be rescreened, but this time they had to take the cats out of the carriers, put the carriers through the x-ray and walk through the metal detector with the cats. They had leashes on the cats, but apparently some old woman thought that this was a nice time to just walk up to my friend and try to pet the cat without asking. Needless to say, the cat flipped out, scratched my friend quite deep, slipped out of the harness and ran off into the Frankfurt airport. Luckily, her husband saw where the cat was going (he too had a cat in his arms), and they were able to find the other cat quickly. Both cats are now happily living in the states but it was quite a difficult day for everyone. So, if you do go through Frankfurt, be mindful that you might need a second security check. If that is the case, keep an eye out for idiot travelers that might think cats love all forms of attention even when in unfamiliar places.
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I checked - the Geneva-Frankfurt flight is a 737 and the Frankfurt-Houston flight is an Airbus... presumably a big one, so I hope this works! Does anybody know if 1 1/2 hours is enough at Frankfurt airport to ensure we can make our connecting flight (with hand luggage + cats) and our dogs don't miss the flight either.
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