Comments on Air Canada Bans Dogs from Flights

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Grey   Ft L, FL

6/6/2009 11:38:18 AM

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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.

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Grey   Ft Lauderdale, FL

6/6/2009 11:37:16 AM

Air Canada is
wrong.

An in depth study of “In-flight medical care aboard selected US airlines in 1996 and 1997” concluded that of 1132 medical incidents. Of these 1132 only 27 (2.3%) were due to some form of allergic reaction. In fact a total of only 145 were diverted 7.8% (considered serious enough for the diversion) The bulk of these were for Cardiac reasons. There was no mention of whether any of the allergic reactions was severe enough for the flights to be diverted, nor was there mention of which type of allergic reaction. There is a table showing one instance of use of a topical antihistamine and one instance of a
Vasodilator.

Thus the cause of the allergic reaction on the small number of in-flight cases was not mentioned. However checking statistics on the general public outside of airlines, causes of severe allergic reactions enough to cause death in the United States are as
follows:

Penicillin 400 deaths per
year
Food allergy 150 deaths per
year
Insect sting 40 deaths per
year
Latex allergy 3 deaths per
year

An extensive search could not reveal in the general population any allergic reaction to pets that caused
death.

Similar studies in Great Britain indicate similar low percentage of any allergic reactions on
flights.

One must conclude that any serious allergic reaction on a flight is more than extremely unlikely to be caused by a pet, and far more likely to be caused by touching a tray, an armrest, or other item that has been touched by someone else; for example someone that has eaten or touched peanuts or similar allergenic
substance.

Ventilation system in an
airplane

Studies have been made of the possibility of a virus spreading in an airplane. These documents show that airflow in an airplane comes from multiple overhead supply outlets along the length of the aircraft and ventilates directly downwards through multiple floor grilles in the floor. Half of the cabin air is re-circulated passing through High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters and a half of the air is fresh.


Even according to Air Canada’s website:


“There is a total air change (filtered recirculated plus outside air) every 2 - 3 minutes or 20 to 30 exchanges per hour. This is far more than for any home or office building and easily maintains cabin contaminants to low
levels.”

A pet enclosed in an approved pet carrier placed below a seat (of necessity close to the outward bound air grilles in the floor) is extremely unlikely to convey pet dander against the airflow should dander even escape their pet carrier. The HEPA filters are designed to even remove bacteria (they are used in pharmaceutical production). Bacteria are many times more microscopic than pet dander.

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DAVID DUNSMUIR   HAMILTON ONTARIO CANADA, ON

5/26/2009 6:55:25 AM

DOGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN CABIN!

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Christy   Covina, CA

6/29/2007 8:55:08 PM

Love me, love my dog! No more Air Canada!!!!!!

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Cyndy   Dale City, VA

6/29/2007 5:53:42 AM

I consider myself to be my pets' guardian and not their owner. They are living, breathing, feeling, emotional creatures - not some piece of cargo. They are more intelligent than many people I know, and to be completely honest, I like animals a heck of a lot better than most people in general. My animals are members of my family, my furry, feathered, and reptilian children. Air Canada thinks it's doing their customers a great service...well, maybe it's a blessing in disguise. Since they banned animals from the cabin, people were having to check their animals as luggage, and that can be at the least extremely uncomfortable for the animals, and at worst, fatal. By banning animals all together, animal lovers can now just bypass Air Canada and go with a more animal and family-friendly airline.

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Sandi   Lake Milton, OH

6/29/2007 3:11:12 AM

Thats awful they have banned pets from traveling with their masters. I would not want my dog on another plane without me.

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