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guest-aaawwwmj in reply to L-gharef

All pet owners believe...

Have you seen the pet food commercials on TV lately?
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GenX and GenY are now calling pet owners
"pet parents."
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So your comment might get flagged or deleted because it is not PC.
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Being "pet parents" means they can take their children on flights.
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Of course, a Musk could use this issue and start up
Noah's Ark Airlines.
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"I stepped on to an airplane yesterday,
and ended up at a zoo."
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NSFTL
Regards

Clement P

Curious why the economist hid its comment section, often the comments are just as if not more illuminating than the article itself...

L-gharef

How are airlines going to determine whether animals are friendly or not? Is there a friendliness test or will airlines (and neighboring passengers) have to take pets' owners word for it?
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All pet owners believe that the animals they own are friendly but animals sometimes act strangely when they find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, see unfamiliar people or find themselves in the company of other animals.
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Will airlines check whether animals being carried in cages have secure cages? What if a rodent escapes its cage? Will dogs be allowed on airlines according to the species or will they be opening themselves to a discrimination lawsuit if they do that? Will travelling animals be scanned to make sure there aren't any illegal substances or arms crammed up their butts? What about passengers who are allergic to fur or have a phobia of certain animals?
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There is so much room for panic and mischief in allowing random animals on board. Guide dogs for the blind are trained for years to become perfectly obedient and totally focused on their work. Emotional support animals, on the other hand, are untrained animals bought from a pet shop. I think people just need to grow up and learn how to deal with their emotions on their own, at least for the duration of a flight. Alternatively, emotional support animals should be restricted to ones that, like guide dogs, can be trained and licensed to work and nothing more.