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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7 Comments on “Furry friends may be getting the boot from main cabin”

  • Posted by Seth Levy on February 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    So are you going to stop giving out nuts? What about people allergic to flowers, are you going to ban perfume? If my dog sheds, will I be allowed on the plane?

    All people need to be responsible for their own health, and that includes people who have allergies. The TSA has already turned air travel into a nanny state, no need for the airlines to make it even worse.

  • Posted by JetBlue on February 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Actually, Seth, the Canadian Government recently told Air Canada that they had to create nut-free zones to accommodate travelers with peanut allergies.

  • Posted by Seth Levy on February 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I read that, and I think its ridiculous. I am glad JetBlue isn’t a state run airline :)

  • Posted by Seth Levy on February 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I have no problem with a company doing something like a dog free or nut free or whatever free zone on their plane, that is their choice and possibly a good marketing decision, however when something is mandated by the government it is rarely a good thing for either the business or the consumer.

  • Posted by R on March 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Seth Levy…obviously you DO NOT KNOW how SEVERE a peanut allergy is. My son will DIE if he eats or touches a peanut. Should we be banned from flying just because of this? Do you think it is feasible to drive from the East Coast to the West Coast? Thank goodness JetBlue helps out in this matter. You need to educate yourself on this matter. It is my son’s LIFE and the LIVES of nut-allergic people like him versus a CONVENIENCE to eat peanuts on the airplane!

  • Posted by kalmia1 on October 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Can somebody tell me why JetBlue has decided to encourage people to bring their pets on board with them? What are they thinking??? Aside from the pet allergies that many people suffer from, what about the inevitable pet odors and noises? Someone did not think this through very carefully, if at all.

    On a recent red eye flight from Oakland to NYC, there were no fewer than 3 cats and 2 dogs on board and in the extra leg room area as well. The cats kept everyone up with their incessant meowing, and then at least one of them must have defecated making the cabin air quite disgusting, if not also toxic. On top of this, an owner of one of the cats decided to feed her kitty some canned fish-based catfood during the middle of the trip, once again filling the cabin with the rank odor of fishy catfood.

    My only question is this: How long will this insane policy continue? If I experience another trip like this recent overnight to JFK, my family and I will have to swear off flying JetBlue–an airline we used to love.

    All the Best, Kalmia1

  • Posted by Cory Cragun on February 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Asthma – This is really a chronic inflammatory disorder that results in a swollen throat and inflamed bronchial passages within the lungs. Asthma is widely prevalent and severely disabling at very best. At worst, it can even be fatal. While countless allergens can potentially trigger this disorder, indoor allergens are typically responsible. This allergic condition is characterized by challenging breathing, tightness within the chest and frequent bouts of coughing and wheezing. A skin prick test may be employed to diagnose this condition and it may be treated by means of the use of antihistamines, bronchodilators and topical steroids.

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