Sunday 13 January 2008

Dogs OK. Pot-bellied pigs not OK.

I kept forgetting to blog about this. The first time I saw a dog being taken inside the airplane cabin I was astounded. Are you really allowed to do that? Turns out you are on certain airlines. I'm not talking about guide dogs for blind people either, these are usually tiny yappy handbag dogs.

We have travelled on Delta quite a few times, and I think there has been at least one dog in a mesh bag in the cabin on every trip. Delta says:

Your pet can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee of $75 (to be collected at check-in) when traveling within the United States (except Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Pets permitted in the cabin include dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. Monkeys, pot-bellied pigs, reptiles, frogs, mice, rats, sugar gliders, and spiders are not permitted.

What, no pot-bellied pigs? Does that mean someone has actually tried to bring one on? The most surprising thing about this is that the dogs don't bark on the plane. I figure either they, like all the human toddlers, are drugged up to the eyeballs, or they are getting constantly fed some sort of treats to keep them happy.

I wonder how long it will be before we see this on QANTAS flights?

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