Southwest Airlines To Allow Pets Onboard


From the Gulliver Blog over at The Economist:

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES’ announcement that it would allow small pets inside the cabins of its aircraft from June 17th has not been universally welcomed. Or rather, it was not welcomed by people quoted in a report in the Denver Post, which was subsequently picked up by several other media outlets. These interviewees voiced concerns about allergic reactions and the noise the animals would make.

I have a hunch that the announcement will be welcomed by Vet Blog readers who are on the lookout for more pet travel options. When people fly with pets, I always recommend keeping them in the cabin if possible.

Gulliver continues:

It’s unfair to single out Southwest in this context as several other American carriers already allow pets to fly in planes with their owners. And a company spokesman played down the possibility of strife: “We will quickly make accommodations if a pet is causing any disruption in flight,” he said. “This is similar to the peanut allergy, and we do have experience in accommodating customers.”

Well said. And finally, I must agree with the comment writers cited by Gulliver in an e-mail he sent out announcing the post.

Many commenters say they would rather share a cabin with dogs than children.

Hear, hear!

Photo: Paul Carter. Photo license: CC

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