Dogs and cats everywhere rejoice! No longer will you be relegated to sit and bake in the backseat of the car. Instead, the Komfort Pets Carrier automatically will cool you off once your crate breaks 72 degrees. Conversely, if it goes below 65 degrees, on goes the heat to keep you from turning into a pup-sicle. Keeping your pet comfortable is going to cost you, as the smallest crate (19-inch X 13-inch) will run you a steep $399, and a medium or large sized crate will be coming out later this year. Personally, I think I'll just go try and find that kid from
If you are forced to ship your dog or cat like so much cargo because you can't get a flight that lets you take them under the seat (or they are simply too large) then this does seem like a very good concept for the animals, which are forced to sit, like your luggage, on the tarmac for quite some time. When your flight is delayed, they're sitting out there, mostly exposed, too. Most if not all airlines have temperature requirements for your pet to be shipped that day at all (too hot or too cold and you're SOL for a good reason) and enough pets die in the cargo hold to make it a risky and sensitive transport anyway. I'd like to see that field tested before considering it, though.
On a side note, when we were planning to move cross country, given the cost of transporting pets with handlers and the limits on pets on planes (we weren't about to check ANY of the 4 cats), we realized it's a LOT cheaper to just pay for a friend to fly out with the spare pet when it's convenient. Even per pet, it came out to a LOT less.