Will Passengers Have to Ask for Pet Free Seating?

The idea that airline passengers should ask for no pet seating annoys me. Why inconvenience the people who do not want to bring, or sit with, pets? First, they are not likely to think about the flight being pet friendly when they are not traveling with livestock themselves. Second, let the pet owners make arrangements for their animals and be responsible for how they travel.

Why not leave pets at home while you travel? Save money, save stress for the animal and save yourself from being thrown off the flight when your animal proves not to be as welcome as you expected. (Not just on the plane).

If pets are not kept in cargo then buy them a seat, a full air fare seat. There should be pet friendly seating for those who buy the extra pet ticket. But, the seating must be sealed off from other passengers who have paid for a ticket and do not want to deal with asthma and allergies from pets.

Maybe there should be pet only flights and people only flights. That way the pet friendly people could poop and scoop the whole flight and everyone else could have a pet free trip. I’d prefer pet free flights.

In a recent survey, 52% of U.S. adults responded “yes” when asked if a non-service animal should be allowed in the airplane cabin on a flight. The other half said they prefer animals be kept in cargo.

Of those who said yes, 63% said in-cabin animals should be kept in designated areas away from any passengers with allergies.

The survey of more than 430 customers was conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based transportation company.

“We recommend that travelers tell their gate agents if they are allergic, or prefer to be seated away from animals if there are any scheduled on their flight,” said GO Airport Express president John McCarthy.

Airlines charge fees from $50 to more than $200 for pets, though the fee rarely goes toward any additional services. In-cabin pets must be kept in an approved carrier under the seat in front of the passenger.

Fees are often higher for transporting pets in cargo. Although accidents with pets traveling in cargo are rare, there are several short-nosed dog and cat breeds — like pugs and bulldogs, or Persians and Himalayans — that airlines refuse to transport that way. These kinds of animals tend to suffer from breathing problems that would be exacerbated by the cargo hold climate.

Several of the respondents suggested that pet owners should ask airlines for better care of animals in cargo. That sounds more than optimistic, however, considering how well human passengers are treated.

Additional comments said travelers should just leave their pet at home while traveling.

Nearly half of travelers want your pet out of airplane cabins, survey says.

How to Live With a Pet Allergy Without Getting Rid of Your Pet

The Huffington Post says you can have a pet even if you’re allergic to them. It’s just a matter of:

  • Cleaning more often.
  • Using pet-free zones.
  • Taking more drugs.

None of these are great options. Likely a list developed by someone who does not have much, or any, allergies. A pet-free zone in your house does not help when you usually share the house and facilities like laundry. Clean more often… pretty much the same issue. Pet hair has little fine, pin hairs which get into everything. As for taking more drugs… NO! Thank you.

Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the U.S. and approximately half of all Americans test positive for at least one of the 10 most common allergens, including cat allergies, according to a profile from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that about 15-30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. With more than 100 million pets in the United States this leads to high allergy morbidity as people are exposed to animal allergens when visiting friends and family or even in public spaces like schools and offices.

Source: How to Live With a Pet Allergy Without Getting Rid of Your Pet

There is another option which the people at the Huffington Post missed. Maybe they’ve been taking too many allergy pills.

Try a pet which does not cause allergies.

There are even fluffy pet options.

If even the hypoallergenic pets give you allergies consider an unusual pet, less fluffy. Snakes, lizards, turtles and fish are not for everyone so consider a pet which won’t cause allergies and needs very little care, like a pet rock. Just a little dusting or a run through the dishwasher… what other pet can you do that with?

In the end, how do you live with a pet allergy without getting rid of your pet? …

  • Give it to someone else and visit now and then.
  • Buy a second home for your pet to live in.
  • Or the even less popular option, taxidermy.
  • Or, you could just take all those drugs and hope your pet doesn’t out live you.

 

Pet- Free Zones

Designating “Pet- Free Zones” Which areas at work should be pet-free zones? We recommend making fitness centers, daycares, meeting spaces, food preparation spaces, dining areas, data centers, medical departments, mother’s lounges, and restrooms pet-free. Employees can also use leashes and child gates to keep pets constrained in smaller areas.

Source: Purina » Designating “Pet- Free Zones”

Even the pet food company believes in pet free zones. It is just a respect for other people. Pet owners who want to bring their animals everywhere are unfair to their animals and the other people around them. Do you really think the animals can’t tell when people are upset or angry? Why bring the pet you claim to love into a situation where they are going to feel that way? Even if you can’t respect other people – how about thinking of your pet instead of yourself?

Myself, I do not think any workplace is a place for pets. As I have written before, I have allergies to animals which causes me to have asthma attacks. For those who don’t know what asthma is – an attack is like drowning in the open air. So I would rather not have pets in any public, indoor area. Workplace, shopping centres, doctor’s offices and all other places people should be able to go and not need to have health issues due to someone bringing their pet.

The only place I can understand bringing a pet to is a veterinarian office or pet food store. A place which does not cater to pets should be a people place and pet free.  This is not against animals or pet owners – it’s just common sense.

For all those who want to bring their pets everywhere… why? Are they your security blanket? Do you really think the animal can’t do without you for any amount of time? I wonder how many pet owners are smothering their pets instead of giving them some space?

Even Purina believes in pet free zones where people don’t cart around pets or hide or smuggle them in. Seriously, why do some people seem so unable to leave their pet some freedom?