|Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 4:51pm PST |
I can't believe our lifesaver Pet Airways went out of business! Now what?
What is the best airline for transporting dogs as cargo?
Here are the considerations:
- the dog is too large to fly in the cabin, so the dog *must* fly in cargo.
- we are flying cross country from CA to NY.
We heard United Airlines had the least amount of deaths (although the Dept of Transportation does not require these numbers to be reported, so who knows where these numbers are coming from) -- but in Sept 2012, there were at least 2 healthy young-adult dogs who died while on United Airlines flights, on 2 separate occasions. For more information, see my blog post http://www.huskydigs.com/category/real-woof-news/ The worst part about this is not just the deaths, but United Airlines' public statements in response to these deaths -- they insist that there were "no irregularities" and they do not provide insight into the matter (in fact, they tried to prevent one of the owners from finding out that her dog was dead, and they lied about the dog being at the vet when in fact he was behind a closed door at the airport, while United waited for their legal counsel) and United did not offer any statements about how they would prevent this from happening or what measures they would take.
In other words, no matter what the airlines say, the fact is that their workers treat your dog like luggage.
Yes we already know the general pointers:
- fly direct (non stop, and no layovers)
- avoid the hottest time of the year
Any suggestions appreciated! or p-mail me!
Edited by author Fri Oct 5, '12 4:54pm PST
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