Airline Flights for Pets can be Risky Business

Whenever possible, pet guardians are encouraged to secure alternative ground transport options for their animal family members.  The reason is because airline policies that designate animals to the cargo area of the plane subject them to extreme temperature and pressure changes; these conditions, coupled with the noise and stress surrounding the flight, has the potential to put family pets at increased risk of adverse health outcomes.

For those pet owners who must have their pets fly, here are 5 ways to keep your pet safe while flying



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United Airlines accounted for a third of animal deaths on U.S. flights in last 5 years

USA Today

The death of a giant rabbit on a United Airlines flight from London to Chicago focused the spotlight again on the carrier that has struggled with more than one-third of U.S. animal deaths aboard passenger flights during the last five years.

United had 53 animals die on its flights from January 2012 through February 2017, the most recent month available, according to the Transportation Department’s Air Travel Consumer Report. That compared with a total of 136 animals that died on all flights of airlines.

United didn’t have the worst statistics when compared with how many animals it was transporting during the last couple of years…

In 2010 and 2011, Delta Air Lines had the most deaths with 16 and 19, respectively, for nearly half the deaths in those years. But since then, Delta’s totals dropped significantly, to five deaths and five injuries last year, or 1.23 incidents out of every 10,000 animals.  Delta’s latest animal policy updated in March 2016 allows for pets either in the cabin or cargo for flights less than 12 hours…


Also SeeGuide to Flying With Pets


pet-flying checklist


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