2011 Pet Related Airline Travel Incident Summary Released

PetFlight provides information on safely traveling with pets on airlines, as well providing details on annual pet-related travel incidents.

The total number of pet-related airline incidents declined in 2011. Six airlines reported incidents that included 36 pet deaths, 8 injuries and 2 lost pets. With a total of 46 incidents being reported in 2011 compared to 56 incidents reported in 2010.

In addition to the number of incidents decreasing the number of airlines that reported incidents decreased as well with six airlines reporting incidents compared to 10 in 2010.

Brachycephalic, or short-nosed dogs also faired better in 2011 making up only 39% of the dog deaths compared to 70% in 2010.

Making sure that pets are transported in an approved kennel, in good condition and using zip-ties to secure the kennel door continues to be one of the best methods to ensure that a pet arrives safely.

For more information on the 2011 summary, details on all the pet related airline travel incidents, and information on how to safely transport your pet visit http://www.petflight.com/pet_travel_incident_summaries/2011.