February 23, 2010

Furry friends may be getting the boot from main cabin

Recent efforts have been taken up to address the concerns of travelers that may have  pet allergies. Several Canadian doctors claim that allowing pets in the main cabin onboard an aircraft poses health risks to customers that are allergic and are calling for a ban of pets on planes. “Pets can be accommodated comfortably and safely in airplane cargo holds, which is where they belong,” the doctors wrote in an editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last week.

Image courtesy of Lisa on Flickr

Image courtesy of Lisa on Flickr

One in ten people have pet allergies and some symptoms can be life-threatening. Most airlines (ours included) have friendly pet policies that allow animals in the main cabin with their parents. No word from Canadian officials about the alleged safety of reptiles and other critters that generally are not allergy-inducing, nor of their thoughts on toupees, fur coats, or other questionable or potentially unsalutary accoutrement.

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