February 2013 Airline Pet Travel Report

The February, 2013 Airline Pet Travel Report contains pet incidents for the month of December, 2012.

On Hawaii Airlines flight HA 47 from Oakland, CA to Honolulu, HI, a Bulldog was found deceased. The cause of the accident is unknown. The airline reported that dog was handled properly, but was found deceased upon arrival in Hawaii. As a courtesy the Airline refunded the pets flight fee.

On Hawaii Airlines flight HA25 from Portland, OR to Honolulu, HI, a nine year old, King Charles Spaniel named Honey Girl was found deceased. Hawaii Airlines reported that the dog was handled properly, but upon arrival in Honolulu the bed in the kennel was found turned around and the dog deceased.

On December 17th, 2012 American Airlines flight number 880 from Honolulu, HI to Seattle, WA, a dog named Dante had minor injuries, the dog escaped from the kennel and was found loose in the front bin. The injuries happened in the air between Honolulu and Seattle.

On Alaskan Airlines flight 20 from Seattle, WA to Chicago, IL, a dog was found to have a cut on its head. The injury happened when the Ramps Agent lost grip of the kennel and it slid down a baggage slide. To counteract this the Alaskan Airline Chicago manager was urged to review proper pet handling policies with their crew.

On Alaskan Airlines flight 27 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Seattle, WA, a dog arrived in Seattle and was found to have its mouth tangled in the kennel wires. The incident was believed to be in no fault of the airline as the owners stated that their dog has extreme separation anxiety.

On Alaskan Airlines flight 19 from Orlando, FL to Seattle, WA, a male English bulldog arrived in Seattle and was found to be unresponsive, and having difficulty breathing. There were no structural issues with the kennel, but a bit of blood was later found in the water bowl. The dog was taken to a vet where it passed away. Alaskan Airlines reported that the incident was no the fault of the airline.

Pet Travel Incidents by Airline during December, 2012.
Airline Losses Injuries Deaths
Alaska Airlines 0 3 0
American Airlines 0 1 0
Hawaiian Air 0 0 2
Total 0 4 2

See all incidents included in the February, 2013 report.

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Source: February 2013 Air Travel Consumer Report.