More Pets Died on Delta Flights in 2011, but Why?

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By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Pets

 

 

Are pets really safe when they fly?More pets died on Delta flights last year than on any other airline, a government report reveals. But a closer look at the records shows that the pets’ owners may have been as much to blame as the airline.

The report, issued each year by the U.S. Department of Transportation, shows that 19 of the 35 air-travel-related pet deaths in 2011 took place in the baggage holds of Delta planes, up from 16 in 2010. Five pets were also injured on Delta last year, more than on any other airline.

“The loss of any pet is unacceptable to us,” Delta spokesman Anthony Black told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We are working to improve the processes and procedures to ensure that every pet arrives safely at its destination.” Delta pointed out that it transports more pets than many other airlines (some, like Southwest and AirTran, don’t allow pets to travel in the cargo hold at all), and that less than 0.2 percent of pets that fly Delta have been injured or killed.

Delta representatives denied that the pets had been mishandled, and detailed accounts of each incident seem to confirm that. Several of the pets had medical problems that were disclosed during check-in; other pets were found to have congenital defects, and a few had to be euthanized after self-inflicted injuries in their carriers. Age may have been a factor in some of the deaths, such as those of 17-year-old and 14-year-old cats, and the length of the trips may also have been an issue (13 out of the 19 deaths were on overseas flights). One dog, a mini pincher, died without even making it onto the plane — handlers refused to load him because he was having trouble breathing. Three of the victims were English or French bulldogs, which Delta usually refuses to transport because of the snub-nosed breeds’ respiratory problems.

According to Delta’s guidelines, the airline “does not accept animals which exhibit signs of injury, distress, or are demonstrating efforts to escape and that Delta reserves the right to refuse pets as checked baggage if the health of the animal is in question and/or if the animal’s health may be jeopardized by the extreme conditions.” But a few of the pets that died were over the allowable weight limit, had been sedated, or had recent and obvious injuries, yet had been accepted for transport anyway. Delta also does not allow pets checked as baggage from May 15 through September 15, in order to avoid exposing them to extreme heat in the cargo hold, but eight of the 19 deaths occurred during that time frame last year.

Delta is not the only airline having a problem transporting pets. Last year, five pets died on American Airlines, four on Alaska Airlines, three on continental, and two each on Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines, according to the report. In 2010, seven out of 14 puppies died on an American Airlines flight from Tusla, Oklahoma, to Chicago after it was delayed in hot weather.

This week, United Airlines announced that, starting in March, the carrier and its subsidiaries will transport pets only as cargo rather than checked luggage. The third-party fees are astronomical, they admit, but spokeswoman Mary Ryan told ABC News that pets “will now have a dedicated staff and temperature-controlled vans instead of the inhospitable baggage compartment,” which will “lead to a better experience for pets.”

The Humane Society recommends not transporting pets by air unless absolutely necessary, and suggests bringing small pets with you into the passenger section whenever possible.

If you are planning to travel with pets, take them to the vet for a complete physical first (airlines may require health certificates in order to allow your pet on board, and other countries may have quarantine and vaccination requirements to meet upon arrival). Check with your airline to make sure your pet’s carrier meets their standards, and take the time to familiarize your pet with the carrier before his or her first flight, suggests the experts at WebVet.com. Booking a direct flight will minimize the chances of a missed baggage connection and exposure to extreme temperatures.

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  1. mayy on Feb 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Sorry to say that I do not trust airlines/cargo in transporting our pets. Even baggages are treated the way without much care and responsibilities. What more of care from them for pets? In addition, I would be worried about my pets if they were being caged and placed in cargo space..what a distress to them.

  2. Girlie Ooi on Feb 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    @mayy : my sentiments exactly – would not know what happens to our pets when they are in the cargo hold. What if they get treated like luggage, hurled all over the place?

  3. Springflower on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    I once transported my darling dog on flight overseas, as I couldnt bear to leave her alone in my home country and I needed to be away for 1 year plus. Although unfortunately later on, my pet needed to fly back after abt a week as the environment was not conducive for her to be there. (To cut the story short).

    A wasteful trip, as my dog needed to go through a lot of tests and paper work and it was costly.

    She was on KLM flight twice within a week. :p

    Sometimes when I see people leaving messages on forum or notice board saying that they are looking for ppl to adopt their dog(s) because ‘the owners are leaving the country’, or, ‘the owner is moving to another housing estate that cannot accept dogs.’. Sometimes it can be true, sometimes it can well be make-up reasons.

    Dogs miss the owners alot when they are abandoned. They cannot speak, but they are loyal and they have feeling.

    I really hope that ppl who wish to have dogs will take good care of them until their last days.

  4. Natalie on Feb 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    our family dog used to find it stressful just travelling a few hours in our car to a caravan. It would take him hours to settle afterwards so these poor animals must find it terrifying.

  5. PhillisChin on Feb 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Oh boy!!This is so sad =( But i’m sure we, the owner have the responsibility to familiarize and send them to a vet for a complete check up before sending them. To be frank, if possible i dare not take risk of that.
    Thank you so much Rinpoche for such a important info, you always care so much, thank you *with fold handed*

  6. Wah Ying on Feb 19, 2012 at 6:45 am

    That will be good to have pets on a special cabin with proper seat as passengers instead of “sitting” in baggage compartment. Here are links provide some advices for pet owner to fly their pet: by Humane Society(http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/why_pets_shouldnt_travel_by_air.html), Law for All website – http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/flying-with-pet-faq-29106.html or Info on US airlines-http://www.squidoo.com/petsonaplane

  7. Sharon Saw on Feb 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    When i came back from UK to Malaysia, i brought my dog with me.. he managed the 15 hour flight without problems and fortunately from UK, dogs don’t have to be quarantined so i just checked him in at Heathrow and checked him out at the Malaysian end. We were told that there was a special compartment for pets so he wasn’t in the main baggage compartment. Being a small dog – a chihuahua – i was a bit worried but when i saw him at arrivals, he was bright eyed and bushy tailed so i presume he had a good flight!

  8. Uncle Eddie on Feb 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    A pretty high ratio of death rate at 19 out of 35 air-travel pets to die in 2011 in the baggage holds of Delta Airline – up from 16 in 2010. Delta claims more pets transported by Delta cargo than other Airlines. Though Delta confirmed no mishandling of pets, but suspected that “age” could have been the factor, coupled with the distance travelled that could have been the cause. Apart from Delta, American Airlines, Alaska Airline, and Hawaiian Airlines had experienced Death of pets too while in transit, which could be due to overheating on flights delay as a contributory factor. Last but not least, overweght exceeding allowable limits for the animals and over-sedation were also being suspected. Nevertheless, the newly announced method could serve as a better improvement in the avoidance of pet-deaths in future air travels!

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I really hope people always think it is so fun to bring their pets here and there and resulting if not in death, severe amounts of stress for the pets and so on.

  10. Wah Ying on Mar 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Hi all, just now I came across an article on some necessary steps for safe pet travel, I think you might love to read when you travel with your pet, here’s the link: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/features/article/top-10-tips-flying-with-pets/

  11. Sharon Beavers on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    This is why when I travel with my little Shih Tzu, she stays with me; I don’t fly with her after May because of the cabin pressure and she’s a short nosed dog, I get her checked out with her vet before hand and have all her papers and I’ve never had a problem; I travel from Florida to Chicago so she can see her grandma!

  12. Wan on Jun 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

    i don’t think i will send my pet to airplane as it take such long hours apart from the submission of related documents. And i won’t know what is going to happen with my pets when i’m sitting comfortably in the same airplane with them.

    I heard many cases of dogs died in the flight so instead of i will be with my pets happily it can turn to be i never be with them again, not even have chance to see them during they depart. How lonely and suffer it can be.

    i wish i will never move to stay in different country or place which i have to take my pets on flight with me. I don’t want to put my pets life in the risk.

  13. Monteiro Neto on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    In addition to the recommendations in the article, pet owners should choose the shortest flight or most convenient connections. Always plan for a stopover if the flight is too long. For instance, I brought my Great Dane and two cats from the USA to Malaysia. The flights were organized so that there was a long stop over in Europe, so that they could be taken out of the cage, be walked, fed, and have the cage cleaned. Yes, the fees are astronomical. It cost me to bring the pets almost the same as to bring my my furniture. However, they are really worth the effort. make sure that the cages are large enough for them to stand up and turn around. Never ship your pets if they have any health issues. Never sedate them since it inhibits their breathing. Two easy tricks – put a piece of clothe that you wore in their cage. They will feel your smell and therefore will feel less alone and abandoned. It is a kind of connection with you. Also, rub their paws with a soothing oil such as lavender. That will calm them down. Finally, I will NEVER ship anything with DELTA, much less a defenseless sentient being.

  14. Julien Roth on Oct 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    This is terrible, people should not put their pets on airlines anymore, since the people working on the Delta airline are not responsible enough to manage and take good care of the pets on board the plane, they should not transport pets or any animals to begin with.

    If i found out that pets have been dying on board these planes, i would never put my pet into the hands of these people. I wont be able to stand knowing that my pet had died on board a plane where the staff did not have given responsibility towards my pet.

  15. bk on Oct 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    It took weeks for my dog to get used to sitting in her carrier in the car. Even then, journeys of more than an hour take a toll on her, and she gets sick after awhile. I’m sure the experience is much much worse in the plane, as the dogs will be stuffed amongst luggage without an owner present to give them some comfort.

    And as for the air pressure, even some humans find it difficult to adjust the pressure in their ears. We see babies crying during take-off and landing because of the air pressure problem. So what of dogs? If we were able to see into the cabin, I’m sure we would see the dogs and cats crying too.

    Airlines should not transport animals unless they can provide the correct care for them. Imagine what would happen if humans regularly died on board? The airline would be grounded for investigation, and maybe even banned! So why dont they extend the same concern to the animals, who are paying passengers?

  16. Sean Wang on Nov 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I do not trust airlines in transporting our pets. Even baggages are treated the way without much care and responsibilities. Why should I trust them with my best friend, my pets. Hmm….. I would rather buy a seat for my pet and just make sure it stays quiet.

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We have a duty to keep our words of honour to our gurus. Keeping these words of honour builds integrity as well as create causes for higher attainments in our mind. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Lew's card with the bigfoot gift.
2 weeks ago
Look at this thoughtful gift presented to me today by a very kind person who I respect a lot. Lew is hardworking and thoughtful in his own quiet way. When people present a gift, it's not always something they pick up at the store, but something they thought out just for you is always touching. They thought it out, planned it and had you in mind when they made it. Thank you Lew. I really like everything about bigfoot and I will add to my collection. Tsem Rinpoche More: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/…/catego…/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
2 weeks ago
Candles offered to Lord Tsongkapa in Kechara. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
I've decided to speak about how I first became connected with Dorje Shugden, why I practice and continue to do so, the monasteries, the CTA (previously known as Exiled Tibetan Government), China, relations between China and Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, our lineage lamas, my teacher, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the protests and how we can resolve this ban issue. Please continue here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65988
2 weeks ago
Very nice letter...must read.
2 weeks ago
Was gifted 55 beautiful Dorje Shugden tsatsas tody. Thank you.
2 weeks ago
Our aviary for rescued birds in Kechara is 4,000 square feet. Plenty of space to fly and stretch wings. :)
2 weeks ago
A thought
3 weeks ago
Super sacred Manjushri image
3 weeks ago
Very special 8-armed, 4-legged and 3-faced Kalarupa. Stunning.
3 weeks ago
This is a collage of the teachers I've taken teachings from or I respect very much. I have had this on my shrine for years. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Our wonderful Kecharians with the oracle of Dorje Shugden, the great Panglung Kuten oracle monk of Sera Monastery. He takes full trance of Setrap, Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, etc. He was fully authorized by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
A woman comforts her dying cow who is trapped under the cow shed. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, Here is something I just wrote that is very personal I wanted to share with you. I am sure it will benefit you-see here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65842
3 weeks ago
This is something I found on the net.
3 weeks ago
Live life among the ruins of samsara, Rebuilding what is empty and impermanent. By the grace of Manjushri, From nothing, something solid can arise. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Dear kind friends around the world, I beg you to please help here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65570
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    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    9 hours ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
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    2 days ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 weeks ago
    Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    For much more information, pictures and videos about the rescued birds at the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aviary-kfr.html
  • Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
    2 weeks ago
    Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
  • A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
    2 weeks ago
    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    2 months ago
    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    2 months ago
    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
    2 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
    2 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 3
    2 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 3
  • Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    4 months ago
    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    6 months ago
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    7 months ago
    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.

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Thank you very Loke Chui San for your donated provisions! These are some of the useful items we would normally deliver to our registered food bank recipients and we are sure they will love it upon receiving these items. Justin@KSK
2 days ago
Ushnisha Sitatapatra- Dukkar Dukkar in her full form is one of the most complex deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. Also known as Sitatapatra in Sanskrit, Dukkar is white in colour and her full form has 1000 faces, 1000 hands and 1000 legs. Dukkar’s practice is very effective for purifying the karma for being wrongly accused such as in arguments or legal cases This morning, Puja House did Dukkar puja for a sponsor that have court hearing . By Puja House 21 May'15
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Beautiful and creative floral arrangements by Kechara Blooms team at KLPJ Wedding Fair from 22nd- 24th May at Mid- Valley Exhibition Center. Lucy Yap
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Druchuma did at Puja House for protection and smoothness for spiritual practice in general. By Puja House 21 May'15
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It was a long day at the hospital yesterday but worth the wait for Berona. The doctors checked on his eye cataracts and finalised all the details. The doctors have arranged his eye operation to be held next week. We are very happy for him that he will regain his full eyesight next week. Justin@KSK
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Volunteers from JT International Trading Sdn Bhd serving from our soup kitchen today. Thank you very much for helping us today and look forward to seeing everyone of you again. Justin@KSK
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KP Viva Home puja attendees attended White Tara/ Protector puja every Tuesday weekly.Pastor Han Nee is the pastor on duty with Puja Guides Ron Wong and Loo . Lucy Yap
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