Comments on Survey Shows Canadians Want Pet-Free Flights

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Tim   Ottawa, ON

6/30/2009 5:23:30 PM

I am reading some very dumb comments here. Clearly they are not saying they are against pets -- they are saying that pets can trigger a severe asthma or respiratory attack. I get it. How difficult it that to understand? I also get that it's my CHOICE to bring the dog on the plane... it's NOT a passenger or crew member's choice to have asthma or some other disease. Good grief. Pet lovers are supposed to be sensitive... although what I am reading here seems to suggest otherwise.

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Sherry   Dallas, TX

6/30/2009 12:50:03 PM

I have to laugh! As a person with asthma I am more concerned that a smoker or someone who uses the whole bottle of perfume is going be on a flight that will trigger my attack. So, if they are really concerned with protecting someones health have it where no smokers or anyone with perfume or body odor be allow to fly inside the cabin!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

6/29/2009 10:39:47 PM

Canadians don't like their pets? It would be interesting to see what the poll would say here.

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madie   greensboro, NC

6/29/2009 1:49:35 PM

interesting

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julie   lewiston, ME

6/29/2009 11:48:35 AM

I can see their point but our pets are very important to us too.

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Jenn   Wheaton, IL

6/29/2009 8:20:29 AM

Then how do people move with their pets????

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Linda   Clearwater, FL

6/29/2009 7:27:58 AM

I can understand their feelings. Depending on the animal, I might feel the same way even though I'm a big animal lover.

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D   Indy, IN

6/29/2009 6:47:54 AM

I suppose it's reasonable to offer some fights without pets-----how about some fights without kids!!!

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Derek   Toronto, ON

6/29/2009 6:40:34 AM

Take what you read with a grain of salt. Air in the cabin is continuously being replenished with new air pumped in from the engines, while old air is being pushed out of the plane. Any recycled air is heavily filtered, there are worse things than hair and dander that are filtered. That being said, allergens will not spread through the cabin unless there is a problem with the air conditioning system (each plane has at least 2 in case one breaks
down).

This would have been rigorously tested by the airline and/or the aircraft manufacturer before the airline would even think of allowing pets on board.

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Abby   Kansas City, MO

6/29/2009 5:17:15 AM

What's next, will they ban people from wearing perfume, scented lotion, using scented shampoo, etc., because the person sitting next to them may be allergic or sensitive to it? If you use mass transportation, you need to realize the world doesn't revolve around you. Others have a right to transport themselves and their belongings as well. You do what's necessary for your individual condition, YOU change your habits, not everyone around
you.

Also, our trying to prevent any sort of germs or allergens is actually fueling the amount of allergies people have. Our immune system wants to "work", and when there's nothing to fight off, it starts attacking normal everyday things. Studies have shown that people that grow up around pets are LESS likely to have asthma and
allergies.

And I agree with Maggie's comment about therapy dogs and assistance dogs, they MUST be allowed on flights by law. Those with allergies need to come prepared for possible circumstances.

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Maggie   Lancaster, PA

6/29/2009 4:35:51 AM

Love the idea of Pets Allowed flights. Would not have a problem with "regular" flights still being an option too. OTOH, "regular flights" allow pets! (in carriers, etc) So why the need to go to a Pets Not Allowed option? There still could be an assistance dog on the flight. What do those who are allergic do in that circumstance?

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