United Airlines came under fire this week after a french bulldog died on a flight to New York after airline staff required the dog carried to be stowed in an overhead compartment
The heartbreaking death of a French bulldog stowed in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight to New York this week has brought a renewed focus on airline safety for animals and the numbers aren’t good for the Newark airport’s largest carrier.
United reported more than half of the 147 injuries and deaths for animals of all U.S. carriers over the last three years, according to Department of Transportation statistics.
United also reported transporting the most animals during that three-year span, but the incident rate remains more than twice as high on United Airlines than the average for the 18 airlines and regional carriers that provided data to the DOT.
A United spokesman pointed out airlines are responsible for self-reporting, a responsibility the airline takes seriously.
“We are extremely liberal in how we report our injuries,” Charles Hobart said Wednesday. “It can be something as minor as a toenail with a slight cut and we will report that to to the DOT as an injury because it’s important. The overwhelming majority fly without any incident whatsoever.”
Nearly half of the 85 animal deaths deaths between 2015 and 2017 were on United flights, according to the DOT data.
United Airlines issued an apology and launched an investigation after a family’s French bulldog apparently suffocated during a flight from Houston to New York on Monday.
The small dog, Kokito, was in a standard pet carrier, which was initially placed under a seat. When the flight attendant came by, she told the woman that she needed to place the carrier with Kokito in the overhead bin.
The dog suffocated sometime during the flight to LaGuardia airport.
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Hawaiian Airlines had the second highest rate of pet injuries or deaths at 1.44 per 10,000, according to the DOT statistics for 2015 to 2017.
The average of all airlines was .94 per 10,000. In all, more than 1.56 million animals flew on the 18 airlines that reported numbers to the DOT for 2015 through 2017.
Most of the deaths were due to pre-existing conditions or animals not being properly acclimated to air travel, investigations found.
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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News