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Dizzying Intellect » Air Pooch

Air Pooch

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 airplaneā€™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)

3 Comments

  • By treppenwitz, February 10, 2009 @ 1:16 am

    I’m not sure where those stats came from but my company builds planes and I did a bit of research with our engineers for my parents because they fly twice a year with their dogs. Here’s the deal:

    1. The only thing that keeps the long aluminum tube known as an airplane fuselage from imploding or exploding from pressure differential during flight is at the entire tube is pressurized equally during flight. That includes the upper (passenger) and lower (baggage) areas of the tube.

    2. Pets do occasionally suffer injury or death from air travel, but it is most often due to improper handling of crates (pet cages) before or after he flights including leaving them outside exposed to the elements.

    3. It is important to point out that pets have no sense of what is going on during the flight and the noise and lack of lighting can be very stressful to them. Even frequent flyers like my parent’s dogs probably have no useful memory of their previous flying experiences that will help them with each new flight. The also lack the ability to measure the passage of time so any discomfort the are experience is seemingly ‘forever’… until it ends.

    Given the above, I would not vacation with my pets. I say this in spite of the fact that we brought our Lab when we moved overseas. She was visibly stressed from the flight and I don’t think I would do that to her (or any pet) unless it was absolutely necessary.

    BTW, forget about moving to Australia with your pet. Even if the flights existed that would spare your pooch any discomfort, the Aussies have pretty draconian rules about importing animals.

  • By Tanya, February 10, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Obviously the whole plane is pressurized — not just because previous pets have survived flights, but because the cargo area isn’t awash with the contents of 500 exploded shampoo bottles after every flight.

    But that doesn’t mean the cargo area is climate-controlled or lighted. Haven’t you noticed that your bags are usually ice-cold when you retrieve them?

    And like I said, I’d never do this to my dog unless it was an emergency. I’m not sure what would constitute an emergency, really… Being out of work for nine months, and then having an employer tell me that I can have the job if I can be in Seattle tomorrow? (But I still wouldn’t stick him in cargo.)

    But plenty of people don’t have our sensibilities (or our vivid and slightly morbid imaginations, at least in my case) — and with all of the pet-friendly resorts, hotels, and cruises available now, it’s easy to understand why it would seem perfectly natural to take a pet on vacation. At least this will make it safer.

  • By Tanya, February 10, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    Also, I knew that the UK had very strict quarantine rules on pets because they don’t have rabies there. But I thought I had heard about rabies in Australia. I just checked, and they’re rabies-free too.

    So. In another life, I guess.

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