I found this article at Life with Dogs and I have to say I am a bit surprised at the information in the article. Delta airlines will no longer allow you to have your dogs in the cargo part of a passenger plane anymore. They can ride in the plane with you, for a fee. I am not sure how all of that will work with people who are allergic to dogs. What happens if you are traveling on a busy day and the plane is full. Delta is still transporting pets but you will need to go through Delta Cargo in order to do that. They will be considered freight. I have mixed emotions about this! Let us know what you think! We want to hear!
“Delta will no longer accept pets as checked baggage, but will continue to transport allowable pets in all cabins of service except Delta One, effective March 1, 2016,” Delta said in a statement. “Customers may also ship pets for travel within the United States as freight through Delta Cargo.”
Unfortunately, large dogs will still not be allowed in the cabin due to their size, but pet owners will be given the option of transporting their dogs via Delta Cargo, which the company says is a safer alternative.
“Pets that are transported via Delta Cargo are monitored closely by customer service teams during their travel,” the company said. “While at airports, pets are handled in temperature-controlled holding areas and vans. Also, Delta Cargo enlists professional kenneling services if overnight stays are required.”
“Many of us at Delta are pet lovers and we know that they are important members of the family,” said Bill Lentsch, senior vice president for airport customer service and cargo operations. “This change will ultimately ensure that we have a high-quality, consistent service for pets when their owners choose to ship them with Delta Cargo.”