More pets died on Delta than any other airline

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.ajc.com/business/more-pets-died-on-1350318.html

    More pets died on Delta Air Lines than on any other carrier last year, according to data released by the federal government.

    Out of 35 pets that died on airlines last year, 19 died on Delta flights. That's up from 16 the previous year.

    Delta said it carries more pets than many other airlines, in part because of its broad route network. The number of pets that are injured or die on the airline is less than 1 percent of pets carried, Delta said.

    Many carriers such as AirTran and Southwest don't carry pets as checked baggage in the cargo hold. Some pets also are transported in the cabin as carry-ons, but the deaths were all in the hold.
     
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    shame the article doesn't discuss what the health risks of being in the hold are for the pet.
     
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    and how many pets did Delta carry and how many miles did they travel compared to other airlines?

    Not a valid comparison without that piece of the puzzle -- .

    Bob H
     
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    Depending on the severity, 1% injured or dead sounds like a lot to me. However, the absolute number is meaningless without comparing it to the number of pets DL carries compared to other carriers, ideally combined with some sense of the length of these trips and their allocation among general types of routes.
     
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    I suppose its better than putting your dog in a carrier and strapping it to the roof for a cross-country drive...

    The article now says less than 0.2% of all pets carried die or are injured... the picture caption also says around half a million pets are carried in the air each year.
     

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