Delta Bans Bulldogs On All Flights

Posted Apr 7th 2011 02:45 PMUpdated Apr 7th 2011 02:52 PM

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This serves as an odd, but justifiably decent, piece of news of the day: Delta has banned three breeds of bulldogs from their flights, after learning that a high percentage of dog deaths on their planes were from that canine family, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The new no-fly list was created in response to a Delta study that showed that 6 of the 16 pet deaths on the airline were from the bulldog family.

Of the 16 pets that died on Delta flights in 2010, six were bulldogs. A Delta spokesman told the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" that the airline saw a pattern involving animals that were prone to respiratory issues.

Michael Markarian, the COO of the Humane Society of the United States, called Delta's move a "sensible response". Many short-faced cats and dogs, such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats, have difficulty breathing, especially in confined cargo holds.

Other carriers such as AirTran and Southwest only allow pets that can fit in under-seat carriers to fly; American banned snub-nosed dogs and cats last fall.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black told the paper: "The decision to transport animals ultimately comes down to the owner. Our goal is also to continue to work to do a better job of communicating processes and procedures in preparing animals to travel."

Of course a more sure-fire--albeit more expensive--solution for pet owners would be to fly your pet on PET Airways, which now services nine cities around the country.


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satchelnmew

Delta lost a prize dog after the Westminster Show in 2006, Vivi the Whippet..Since then they have lost other dogs so who wants to put their dogs in that airlines hands?
They are careless,
Tom, did you forget to take your meds today?

April 08 2011 at 10:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
troopgear

PS: Tom...**** you. Does that also mean your wife & daughter should be banned from public place also...?
My companion animals have more sense than you'll ever have. Are you from Mississippi or Florida...?

April 08 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
troopgear

It's about time we stopped flying altogether. I refuse to be felt-up by a Walmart loading dock reject or X-rayed. The airlines are screwing us for every cent they can squeeze out of this. Since I never am without a firearm, most airlines make traveling with a checked weapon impossible. I say f**k the airlines and the Nazi bastard TSA...a bunch of undertrained, ignorant morons who can't make it as cops...who should all be f**king shot, or Porta-Potty guards.

April 08 2011 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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dav0001

Well I hope I never meet you. Someone with your anger problem who carries a gun is not the type of person I want to be around. Last time I went flying I wasn't 'felt up' by anyone. I had no problem with the inspecion nor with getting xrayed. And sorry but I'll take those two things over being on a plane that gets hijacked or blownup anytime. You really should stop flying. You're a danger to the other people who would be on the same flight with you.

April 08 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Additionally if you love your pet you'll keep it of a plane.

April 08 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

I think pets should be banned from all public places, and especially from cars. Pet owners are in general irresponsible. They're animals, not people. In most other places in the world, they'd be served for dinner. Get over it.

April 08 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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Mark

Tom- Mr Dumbass your an animal also. Apparently your the one that need to get over it and perhaps you need to get a life. Would you like to meet in a back alley somewhere? No Really!

April 08 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Myrrh

Just because you don't like them doesn't mean that pets have no place in our society. They can be important for people's ahealth and safety, and are for many, family members.
What's more is that to state generally that pet owners are irresponsible is a felatious statement at best, bordering on troll-ism. Them ( owners) being responsible for the care and protection of an animal discounts your statement in it's very inception... someone feeding, grooming, walking and sharing emotional time with an animal IS that responsibility you claim is lacking.
Perhaps you are just letting your prejudice against the animal overlap your consideration of the person.

April 08 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ccdae5

I don't want to fly with anybody's mutt. I say don't let any animals on the planes.

April 08 2011 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Howell

The sweetest dog I ever knew was a bull dog.....not pit bull, but bull dog......I loved him to death and he loved all humans and dogs

April 08 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
meeboo

For those posting they are allergic to cats or dogs...you need to inform the airline (that goes for all airlines) before you travel and/or when booking your flight.

Delta really should take a look at their policy in general or start following that of their partner KLM. After Delta completely screwed up my pet's reservation I spoke with 4 different Delta agents and received 4 completely different answers. Gave up and called the Delta partner KLM who were fantastic (and every single agent gave me the same exact information) BIG shoutout to Anthony who spent 2 hours fixing Delta's HUGE mistake. So people be careful using Delta until they get their act together.

Also those who carry their pets onboard...for the saftey of your PET keep the animal IN the crate. It isn't just something the airlines say for the hell of it. If you follow the vet approved method for adapting your pet to the crate then airtravel isn't as frightening as you think it is for your pet. Follow the guidlines regarding feeding as well and PLEASE do not feed your pet snacks before boarding! If you follow the guidelines the travel experience becomes better for the pet AND the other passengers.

April 08 2011 at 6:52 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
myhandymanal

I always take my yorkie out of his carry on kennel.. and everyone wants to hold him .He ends up the life of the flight

April 08 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
captweill

I think the best breed for surviving a flight is the Airdale Terrier. By the way, they prefer to fly on US Airdale.

April 08 2011 at 6:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Myrrh

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle...
Very cute.

April 08 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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