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. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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/

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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*

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with Kyabje Dromo Geshe Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
2015-Myself having audience with my holy protector. See more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
3 weeks ago
Panchen Sonam Drakpa, fifteenth Throne-holder of Je Tsongkhapa (Ganden Tripa), and former abbot of Gaden, Sera, and Drepung monasteries (the only monk to ever become abbot of all three).
3 weeks ago
Hardworking and kind Kecharians. Their dedication touches me deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
“The problem is not enjoyment; the problem is attachment.”-Tilopa
3 weeks ago
Golden Undefeated Lama of Blessings: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69823
4 weeks ago
This is the illustrious Changkya Rolpai Dorje who is the previous incarnation of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4297
4 weeks ago
Special painting of Manjushri and here is his short praise to do daily: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69797
4 weeks ago
See what is a tsatsa and their origins and purpose: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69630
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, recently I had audience with my dharma protector via the official Panglung Oracle, you can see more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=68740
4 weeks ago
Dear Pasang and Wife, I thank you both for your wonderful agate mala gift. It is very kind of you. Much prayers for you both, Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Very good news!!
4 weeks ago
Excellent advice
4 weeks ago
This is super simple yet super powerful and it is the black and white truth. Read this short thought and contemplate deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
At the age of 23, Tsongkhapa went to the region of U to meet up with some people from his hometown, Amdo. His friends entreated him to return to Amdo and they also gave him a letter from his mother. She also requested him to return to Amdo and had slipped one of her white hairs in the letter too. Touched by this, Tsongkhapa considered returning to Amdo for a while. However, when he contemplated deeper. he realized that if he left for Amdo, he would be disrupting his practices of mental discipline. As there was no benefit, he sadly decided not to return to his homeland. Instead he sent a thangka of a painting of himself to his mother in Amdo. When his mother opened it, the picture spoke to her and it was as if Tsongkhapa was there with her, which brought her great joy. In a letter accompanying the thangka, Tsongkhapa requested his mother and sister to build a stupa around the sandalwood tree which had sprung up at his birth. His mother and sister complied and from that stupa, the holy monastery of Kumbum developed.
1 month ago
In this day and age this is totally necessary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69186
1 month ago
Never listen to one's own egoistic thoughts, but follow what Dorje Shugden advises always. Your ego makes sure you lose but Dorje Shugden makes sure you win!~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Pastor David giving dharma talks today in Kechara Forest Retreat. Tsem Rinpoche 
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  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    2 weeks ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    4 weeks ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    2 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    2 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    2 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    2 months ago
    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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    2 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    2 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
    2 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    3 months 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
    3 months 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!
    3 months ago
    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    5 months ago
    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    5 months ago
    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo

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8 hours ago
We welcomed 17 members from Lions Club George Town Mutiara to our kitchen. Pastor Patsy
8 hours ago
Food distribution by KSK volunteers and members of Lions Club George Town Mutiara around Georgetown, Penang. Pastor Patsy
8 hours ago
Busy night at the kitchen with members of Lions Club George Town Mutiara at KSK Penang. Pastor Patsy
8 hours ago
A short briefing on the do and don't before heading out for food distribution. Pastor Patsy
9 hours ago
Dharma Protector puja ( Dorje Shugden & Setrap) English session was led by Pastor KH Ng at Kechara House gompa. This week puja was kindly sponsored by Kellyn C Sy and Josselynn GY Koh. Lucy Yap
9 hours ago
Weekly (Chinese ) Dzambala puja on Monday at 8pm -10 pm was led by Poney Sim at Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
13 hours ago
Our food bank client Uncle Soo looking very happy after receiving his new mattress kindly donated by Angeline. 我们食物银行客户苏伯伯在收到由Angeline所赞助的床单感到非常高兴。Justin@KSK
13 hours ago
Our Sunday team in action yesterday evening in Petaling Jaya area. 昨天在Petaling Jaya举行的分发食物活动。Justin@KSK
14 hours ago
These beautiful tormas are prepared for Namgyal Tsechog Puja. By Puja House 27 July'15
14 hours ago
Offering for tonight Puja at Gompa was prepared. By Puja House, 27 July'15
14 hours ago
Before Puja starts, the flowers is pin to torma as decoration. By Puja House 27 July,15
14 hours ago
Dzambala Puja sponsored by overseas sponsor request for inner and outer wealth. By Puja House, 27 July,15
17 hours ago
Teacher Victoria used her magic to get all her students (aged 9-10 years old) to stay quiet while listening to her dharma sharing. Stella
17 hours ago
Any guess on what's the message that captured Teacher Lai's attention? :) Stella
17 hours ago
Teacher Kien ushered student of age 7-8 years old to the next activity after their dharma class on Sunday. In Kechara Sunday Dharma Class, student gets to learn the dharma as well as participate in co-curriculum activities i.e. drama, play, song and dance, art and craft, etc. Stella
17 hours ago
Students as young as 2 years old lined up to get ready for the 3 prostration to His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche 25th and the 3 Jewels. This practice at the start of every Kechara Sunday Dharma Class helps instill discipline and also plant the seed of dharma. They learn to be respectful whenever they see Buddha statues. Stella
17 hours ago
Teacher Jesvin and Teacher Melissa imparting dharma knowledge through group discussion with student aged 14-16 years old in Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Stella
17 hours ago
Students aged 5-6 years old sat in a circle surrounding Teacher Serena during the story telling session in Kechara Sunday Dharma Class on Sunday 8:30-10am. Stella
21 hours ago
After Every session of Puja, the team tidy up the altar. By Puja House, 27 July'15
21 hours ago
Students of age 11-13 learning Right Action of the Eightfold Path in Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Stella
yesterday
Puja House's Altar have two "wishing trees" where lots of sponsors photos hang on it. Every Puja they are blessed. By Puja House, 26 July'15
yesterday
Dorje Shugden Puja is a popular Puja demanded by many sponsors. Many sponsors ordered the Puja repeatedly. By Puja House, 26 July'15
yesterday
Welcome to Kechara Forest Retreat. We aim to have this place help heal inner and outer ills and gain the attainment of calm mind, peace and detoxification. ~Tsem Rinpoche Watch "Building Kechara Forest Retreat For The World 为世界打造一座禅修林" on YouTube - https://youtu.be/YwDeYR17EXI From: June Tang (Khjb)
yesterday
Dear friend, We have set up a campaign to raise fund for the tortoises in Kechara Forest Retreat. Please support these beautiful lives by sponsoring their daily meals and the upkeep of the wonderful environment they are living in. ¥Help make it happen for 'Sponsoring The ‪Tortoises‬' ¥ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sponsoring-the-tortoises From: June Tang (Khjb)
yesterday
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