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#333516 - 04/17/09 11:18 AM Pet Airline
Diane Campbell Offline

'Bone voyage' as pets get airline

A new airline scheduled to take off in the US fully expects its passengers to behave like animals.

On Pet Airways, of Delray Beach, Florida, all pets travel in the main cabin and owners are not allowed on board - not even in the cargo hold.

The airline claims to be the first designed specifically for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets.

Company founders Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder say they got the idea while planning holidays with their pet dog.

"Currently, most pets travelling by air are transported in the cargo hold and are handled as baggage," said Mr Wiesel.

"The experience is frightening to the pets, and can cause severe emotional and physical harm, even death. This is not what most pet owners want to subject their pets to, but they have had no other choice, until now."

Inside a Pet Airways plane - Seats are removed to make way for pet carriers

The airline has scheduled its first flight for cats and dogs for 14 July and will serve five US cities - New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.

Pets - or pawsengers, as the airline calls them - can be booked in online and are checked in to a Pet Lounge at the airport.

Pet attendants give the animals a "potty break" shortly before take-off and then monitor the animals during the flight.

Owners - or Pet Parents - can follow their travel progress using an online "pet tracker".

On its website, the airline promises never to leave a pet alone adding: "A pet attendant will always be within a cat's meow."

The flights will be made in 19-seat turbo-prop planes operated by Suburban Air Freight, which have their seats removed to make space for the pet carriers.

#333525 - 04/17/09 11:56 AM Re: Pet Airline [Re: Diane Campbell]
*I Do* Belize Weddings Offline
I don't see how this will work or if this makes much sense. How many pets are seriously traveling to the same destinations at the same time to make this worth while?

Also, how will this make the experience less frightening to the pets or less emotional? They'll still be without the owner and in a carrier. It's really the same thing as they already do.

Further having a pet attendant give potty breaks creates a huge risk should the animal be fearful and attack.

Nothing about this plan sounds positive but I hope I am wrong.

#333541 - 04/17/09 01:53 PM Re: Pet Airline [Re: *I Do* Belize Weddings]
skippy Offline
"Currently, most pets travelling by air are transported in the cargo hold and are handled as baggage," said Mr Wiesel.

As if being in the "main cabin" will lessen the "severe emotional and physical harm, even death", as they put it in the next paragraph. Great sales pitch, dude.

If you really care about your pet, you just don't travel with him or her. It's cruel, according to this guy.
I hope that someday we can put aside our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.

#333585 - 04/17/09 06:13 PM Re: Pet Airline [Re: skippy]
Diane Campbell Offline
Hm........ I though this was probably cool, not cruel.
Maybe our resident pet advisor can give us an insight?

#333610 - 04/17/09 10:10 PM Re: Pet Airline [Re: Diane Campbell]
skippy Offline
WWSS? (what would saga say?) Maybe we will find out.

Hadn't thought about death until the pet airline guy said it happens. Guess if I put myself into the pet's position, it might be terrifying enough for that to happen. Just never thought about it before.
I hope that someday we can put aside our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.

#333629 - 04/18/09 12:47 AM Re: Pet Airline [Re: skippy]
*I Do* Belize Weddings Offline
Every day we get behind the wheel of a car we put ourselves at risk. There are risks walking across the street.
People travel with their pets because they love them.

#333630 - 04/18/09 01:30 AM Re: Pet Airline [Re: *I Do* Belize Weddings]
Luvinlife Offline

#333632 - 04/18/09 02:07 AM Re: Pet Airline [Re: Luvinlife]
kerry Offline
it would be nice if an airline could remove certain seats, to where a larger animal could sit next to his/her owner in their carrier...instead of removing all the seats just to accomodate the pets..just a thought...

#333635 - 04/18/09 04:50 AM Re: Pet Airline [Re: kerry]
Peter Jones Offline
Regardless of intrinsic desirability (which sounds suspect - the ideal would be a cabin with space for pet and owner) I'm sure this isn't economically viable. From that perspective it sounds quite extraordinary.

#333645 - 04/18/09 08:31 AM Re: Pet Airline [Re: Peter Jones]
Northern Canuck Offline
This can't be for real..... c'mon!

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