Read "More Pets Died on Delta Flights in 2011, but Why?"  You'd think that in the year 2011 we'd be able to transport our pets safely through the skies.  Especially in the United States, where pets are practically treated as humans!  Wouldn't the the growth in the pet segment drive airlines to do a better job?  Delta Airlines transported around a thousand pets last year, but 19 died.  That is totally unacceptable.  For one, don't put animals in the cargo area.  When you read the actual reports from Delta, you notice that the animals seem to die of stress.  One golden retriever had a zip tie lodged in it's throat and another French Bulldog, died of "acute collapse of the circulatory system".  Usually, temperature control is the big killer, but that doesn't necessarily seem to be the case.  How the heck do you lose a pet?!                
Supposedly, United will have a dedicated staff and temp-controlled area to transport the animals.  Personally if I had to travel with JoJo it would be in my lap as carry on or on a private plane, see this 2011 NYTimes article.

Tips on flying with pets, click here.  
U.S. Dept. of Transportation, click here.
 

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