December Travel News: No More Pets in Delta Cargo Holds

As of March 1, 2016, Delta will require that pets travel via Delta Cargo’s new Live Animal pet shipping program. This is a good thing. Between 2005 and 2015, Delta had the highest number of recorded pet deaths, and fourteen pets were lost, like any other kind of luggage. The Live Animal program promises safe, temperature-controlled vans and holding areas, kenneling services, and specially trained ground handlers. Continental U.S. service costs $190 to $840 each way depending on flight distance and the size of the pet.

Visit deltacargo.com/PetShipment.aspx for more information. But there are three ways to save money and skirt cargo transport, common to almost all airlines. If the kennel can fit under the seat in front of you, your dog or cat can accompany you in the cabin for a fee, usually $125. If there’s room at your feet, a service animal can travel in the cabin free of charge. And if your dog is so obese that it must be hauled everywhere in a dolly (today.com/money/pampered-pooch-giant-dog-flying-first-class-stuns-airline-passengers-t55166) then fees and size requirements may be waived, and your pet can loll at your feet in first class.

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