This must be the most insane time in history to launch a business that’s focused this closely on one specific group of customers, but I’ll definitely support them.
Don’t Let Your Pet Fly In Cargo
Due to minimal oxygen and a lack of temperature control in the airplane’s cargo, suffocation and heat prostration have been among the most common causes of death on commercial airlines. Since the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act was enacted in 2005, a total of 102 pet deaths, 48 injuries, and 30 losses were reported by the airlines to the U.S. Department of Transportation due to commercial airline-related incidents. (In an independent study in 1995, the San Francisco SPCA, estimated that the number of injured pets was 5,000 per year.)
Holy crap! I mean, I knew that sticking a living creature in the cargo area of a plane was a bad idea (and I’d never do it myself), but I had no idea so many pets had died. 102 in barely four years?!
The people who have small enough dogs that they can stick them in a carry-on bag have it good. But can you imagine me trotting my St Bernard onto a plane, and trying to shove him under the seat for take off? He wouldn’t even fit in a seat, if I bought him a ticket. (Ok, maybe in first class we could share two.)
So check it out:
Welcome to Pet Airways, a pet only airline, dedicated to a pet-friendly travel experience for your pet.
With Pet Airways your pet will be safe and comfortable, flying in the main cabin, not in cargo.
From check-in at our Pet Lounge, and throughout the flight, our Pet Attendants will be caring and catering to all your pet’s needs.
You can even monitor how your pet is doing.
Pet Airways is the only way your pet should travel.
Pet Airways - Pet Travel Done Right!
Awesome! It’s a little messy that it’s pets only, and you’d have to take a separate flight — and I’d still rather drive, unless it was an emergency — but what a great idea. I hope they make a zillion dollars, and start flying overseas. Because then I could move to Australia. :o)