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More Airlines Must Now Be More Transparent When It Comes to Pet Travel

July 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | ()

Things might soon be a little safer for Fido and Fluffy, as Uncle Sam is changing up the reporting requirements when it comes to what happens to pets on planes. The rules arenít really changing, but at least having a better knowledge of whatís going on might benefit both animals and their owners.

The US Transportation Department just added a whole bunch of extra airlines which must report further on animals up in the airóespecially the bad things like critters who were lost, hurt, or (ugh) those who died during their travels. There are now 27 airlines that have these reporting requirements, and before that it was just 14.

It sounds like things will go into effect as of January 1, and sharing these kind of details will also be required for the transportation of dog and cat breeders as well. The previous rules were only in effect for the immediate owners of puppies, kitties, and other furry friends.

Most of the changes do deal directly with cats and dogs, as requiring things for any and all animals was found to be just too darn tricky to follow. Again, air travel for your pet isnít necessarily getting any safer; however, this new accountability might just indirectly improve things.

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