Frontier Loves Your Pets, But Says No Way to Snakes on Their Planes
At a time when major legacy airlines sometimes accidentally kill the beloved pets they're supposed to be safely transporting, and in which pet-only airlines get blasted for being environmentally unfriendly, Frontier Airlines is maneuvering to become pet owners' carrier of choice. The Denver LCC just announced a new policy allowing owners to take on board any number of small animals, provided that they're in approved carriers that can fit under passenger seats. Dogs, cats, hamsters, and other small furry things will all be allowed for a $75 fee.
But the new policy is very clear that snakes, spiders, or other reptiles or amphibians are explicitly not allowed. Yes, Frontier doesn't want any of your mothereffin' snakes on their mothereffin' planes. We have to assume that the ban on snakes is either for the humor value, which is what we're hoping, or because focus groups freaked out about slithering things. From a strictly objective perspective, a yappy dog locked in a carrier is much more likely to turn a flight into a travel disaster than is a snake.
For one thing, snakes don't make noise. That's already a huge difference, even for those who haven't taken our oft-repeated advice that an mp3 player and a good pair of noise canceling headphones are travel necessities. More importantly, and less delicately, the potential for the snake to soil its carrier and turn a flight into the worst. trip. ever. is roughly ten thousand times less. And that's before we get to any issues with allergies, phobias, and so on.
This debate will ultimately play out the same way that arguments do when they're about crying children or obese passengers in single seats. Individual passengers may inconvenience their fellow passengers, who have a right to whatever small comforts no-frills LCC's are willing to provide. But the alternative is to keep those people from flying at all, at least if you assume that pet owners have to take their pets on board because of incompetent baggage handlers.
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US airline lets pets travel on board, but no snakes on the plane [Herald Sun]
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