Reports Say More Pets Died on United Airlines in 2016 Than Any Other Airline

Posted by Paige Cerulli

Statistics from the Department of Transportation’s Air Travel consumer reports identify that more pets died on United Airlines than on other airlines in 2016.

The 2016 Department of Transportation’s Air Travel consumer reports have been released, and things aren’t looking good for United Airlines. Following in the footsteps of the release of video of a United Airlines passenger being forcibly removed from the plane, the newly released consumer reports identify United Airlines as having more pet deaths than any other airline in 2016.

According to the document, United Airlines reported that nine pets died and 14 were injured during the year. Delta Airlines reported five pet deaths and five injuries, and American Airlines reported four pet deaths and one injury.

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In the case of United Airlines, one Sphynx cat died, while the other deaths were dogs. It’s also important to recognize that some of the deaths were from natural causes, and some of the injuries were self-inflicted by the pets. We should also note that the information is not presented in terms of ratios – for instance, it’s possible that more pets flew on United Airlines, accounting for the higher incident count.

There’s inherent risk when flying with your pet. The altitudes, changing temperatures, and varying pressures can affect a pet’s health, especially when the pet has pre-existing health issues or is elderly. When flying with your pet, it is always best to consult a veterinarian (some flights require that pets have health certificates in order to board). Your vet can help you to assess whether flying presents a potential health risk for your pet.

When choosing an airline to fly with your pet, look for reviews written by other travelers who took their pets with them. Some airports, like JFK, are taking steps to become even more pet-friendly. Make sure that you’re familiar with the airline’s requirements well before your flight so that the trip goes smoothly for both you and your pet.

You can read the 2016 consumer reports here.

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Reports Say More Pets Died on United Airlines in 2016 Than Any Other Airline