Air Canada Bans Pets From Flights

Pet owners wishing to transport cats and dogs by air, can send them via Air Canada Cargo.

Posted: July 2, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

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Air Canada bans cats and dogs from flights unless they travel via Air Canada Cargo.
Quebec-based Air Canada will no longer accept cats and dogs for travel in its baggage compartment as of July 15, 2007.

Those with reservations made prior to the rule change will be allowed to bring their pets along, the company said. Air Canada had already restricted pet travel when it barred pets from the cabin on Sept.18, 2006.

Air Canada removed pets from the equation in order, “to effectively handle the high volume of baggage loads and meet the needs of the vast majority of our passengers,” it said in a statement.

The policy affects all domestic flights and, pending Canadian Transportation Agency approval, will soon include all international and trans-border flights, Air Canada said.

Pet owners will, however, have the option to send their pets via Air Canada Cargo, which employs a “specialized” team to handle all types of animals.

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Anonymous    Somewhere, ID

7/25/2007 8:54:50 AM

That's what they need...to be even more stressed out, not just from the trip, but from all of the other animals on the plane! How idiotic is this? Makes you wonder if they have to pay seperate just to have their animals transported... because Miss Barbie Doll needs all 12 bags of make-up...

Heather    ladysmith, VT

7/12/2007 8:45:02 AM

just another way for air canada to help itself go bankrupt again and get more bail out money from the government.

Debbie    Detroit, MI

7/3/2007 2:12:43 AM

I would never dream of sending my cat or dog via cargo. Personally I find it much more annoying being confined in such a small space with squalling babies or children who misbehave and whose parents think it's cute. When will we have an area for only adults.

Carole    Marlton, NJ

7/2/2007 10:18:49 PM

Incredible! Apparently this airline does not want to carry pets period. I cannot believe any responsible pet owner would send their pet via "cargo" in a plane that was not set up as a "pet only" cargo plane. Southwest Airlines has never carried pets, but then they fly into the desert areas of the US and this is understandable. However, to ban all pets from passenger airliners, freight or otherwise, and to say they must travel as cargo in cargo planes? What am I missing, besides the exhorbitant price this airline will charge the "shipper".

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