Think carefully before you let your beloved dogs, cats — or even bunny rabbits fly.
In August,2015, a 5-year-old golden retriever named Cleo was found dead in her kennel upon arrival at Newark-Liberty International Airport after a flight from Seattle, according to a report filed by United Airlines. The dog died of injuries from chewing on her crate, according to the report, submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her cause of death was listed as “natural, resulting from the self-inflicted behavior."
Cleo is one of 29 dogs, cats and other animals who died on commercial flights in the first 10 months of this year, according to the most recent data from the DOT, which tracks reports of animal deaths, losses and injuries aboard planes.
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.That total compares with 17 deaths reported in all of 2014. Except for 2015, pet deaths had dropped annually since a record 39 fatalities were reported in 2010.
In many cases, the airline can only do so much for animals that can't travel in the main cabin. The Humane Society of the United States advised U.S. airline passengers not to fly with their pets:" We strongly discourage having your pet travel by cargo hold of a plane," its policy states. "It can be dangerous and stressful. Some animals aren't suited for travel due to temperament, illness or physical impairment." Cats, for instance, do not enjoy change and taking them on trips is usually not a good idea, it says.
However, when choosing private jets, you are welcomed to take your pets with you and even bring more than one of your fur-kids! During your flight, your pets can stay with you and enjoy the service on the plane as well. Private jets are always pet friendly.