Grey Ft L, FL 6/6/2009 11:38:18 AM Page 2 from below Furthermore an FAA publication indicates as follows: “You will, however, still be exposed to animal dander on every flight even without any animals in the passenger cabin. This is because most animal allergens are carried into the cabin on the clothes of other passengers. “More than 70 percent of U.S. households have a dog or cat” :American college of asthma allergy and immunology. One must conclude that animals in a carrier, stowed below the seat, near the outbound air grill will cause far less animal dander problems than the 70% of the other pet owning passengers. Animal smell and noise Apart from the fact that the animals are kept on the floor level close to the outward bound air grills and subsequent filtration, sources of smells on an airplane will come from multiple other areas. For example infants, and other passengers. A normal human being passes between one half a liters and 1 L of gas per day. Admittedly a pet also passes gas, but a 20 pound pet (my pet is five pounds) will pass only a 10th of a 200 pound man. Excessive use of perfumes, underuse of deodorants and other smells need to be handled by the air filtration system. A pet confined in a normal carrier is extremely unlikely to defecate, unlike human infants or other incontinent humans. Air Canada has policies regarding passengers and excessive noise. The same policies would apply to pets. Frankly of the thousands of flights I have taken, I cannot recall being annoyed by any pets making noise. However I can recall excessive noise by people after too much partying, and I’m constantly in fear of being placed beside or near an infant or small child that continues to cry, not withstanding that I use noise cancelling earphones to try and deaden the deafening roar from the aircraft. Typically a small pet in his travel bag is quite comfortable and rarely makes any noise. Other airlines Air Canada and two other North American airlines do not allow pets in the cabin. Two wrongs do not necessarily make it right. However twenty-six other North American airlines do allow pets in the cabin. Air Canada Operating revenues 2007 $ 10,164,000,000 (10 Billion) without Jazz Jazz $ 2,513,000,000 Operating revenues (2.5 Billion) West Jet Operating revenues $ 2,151,457,000 (2 billion) So effectively air Canada monopolises flights originating within Canada.