Site Provides Info On Airline Pet Incidents
(WCCO) U.S. airlines are now being held responsible for what happens to lost animals on their flights, and it’s opened up a new way to inform consumers about airline pet care.
A new law now requires all airlines to report when something happens to an animal while traveling on a consumer flight.
This is a big change Pet safety advocate Lisa Weisbert said lost pets used to be treated like a lost piece of luggage: The pet owner would get a lost baggage claim form to fill out and could be given up to $1,500 for the animal’s replacement.
Now, when airlines report a lost or hurt animal, the incident goes into a report that can be viewed online.
At this point, there is only one month of data available, including information about how a dog was injured on a Northwest Airlines flight after it chewed through its cage, and how a cat was lost when its cage opened during a flight.
Every year, about 20,000 pets are lost, hurt or killed traveling on planes.
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