In 2014, U.S. airlines reported 17 animal deaths, and 26 pet injuries during transport. Two pets were lost.
Among the U.S. carriers, Delta has had the most animal deaths in the past five years. It appears Delta is attempting to do something about this though. In an effort to ease your mind as you travel with your pet if it is stowed in the cargo area, Delta has unveiled a new GPS tracking device that will monitor your pet in real time.
It will monitor that your pet is comfortable and the conditions are safe and it will let you know if the temperature spikes or their crate has been turned upside down. If so, an alert is sent to Delta's call center and to your phone.
Of course, since you aren't able to use a cell phone during a flight it will only be able to get in touch with you during pre-boarding and landing. You can, however, check on your pet’s stats by visiting a website.
The device will cost you $50. It was developed by Sendum Wireless Corp. And it’s attached to the pets carrier in flight and in the runway. It has a limited run in the sense that just 10 U. S. destinations are available at this time including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Tampa, and only if you bring your pet to the cargo facility.
The Humane Society recommends not flying with a pet unless it is absolutely necessary. If you do, try to schedule a non-stop flight. Make sure your pet doesn't have a collar that can get caught in the cargo carrier and label everything with your phone number and contact info. It is usually the on and off part of the trip where incidents occur.
Some airlines won’t even let your pet fly especially if your pet is one that has the pushed in faces. (the medical term is "brachycephalic"), such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats. Their short nasal passages leave them especially vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.