Pitbulls Fly the Unfriendly Skies

There’s been a lot of buzz over a new airline that exclusively flies pets called Pet Airways. But apparently some pets are flown only by special arrangement, which the customer wouldn’t know unless they downloaded and read the Contract of Carriage (pdf) from the website:

The following shipments shall be acceptable for carriage by Carrier only upon Advance Arrangements:

(D) Shipments of the following breeds of dog: Pit Bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Saffordshire (sic) Bull Terrier, Presa Canario.

I wondered exactly what these “advance arrangements” were so I contacted the airline to inquire but so far, no response. I was hoping their answer might shed some light on why these special arrangements were required for just these particular breeds which are often the victims of breed profiling. Owners of these breeds may face extra challenges in trying to rent a home, obtain home insurance, or even keep their pets after someone else’s dog bites someone in the community. It seems they won’t catch a break on Pet Airways either which is too bad since the company’s business idea is a good one.

If Pet Airways responds to my inquiry, I will update the post.

Bringing up from the comments, from EmilyS, 4-24:

according to a friend, PA has tweeted “”there are red carpets awaiting pit bulls 2 & we have revised our Contract of Carriage as we do not discriminate at Pet Airways”

I looked at their website and indeed, the offending part of the contract has been removed.


Biscuits for everyone!

The section naming the bully breeds has been replaced by:

(D) Shipments of pets with past aggressive behavior.

That sounds like it would even apply to my 10# mixed breed “Emily” who bites (she would have gotten a free pass under the previous language). So too bad Emily, you won’t get to go on any flight crew eating binges anytime soon, hehe.

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