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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

That horrible story about the dog that died on the United Airlines flight? Sen. John Kennedy is looking into it

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 1:58 PM

click to enlarge A United Airlines plane. - CREATIVE COMMONS/TOMAS DEL CORO
  • A United Airlines plane.

If you haven't read about it already, don't ruin the rest of your day — just know that United Airlines (you know, the company that drags doctors out of their seats) screwed up again yesterday with tragic results. A flight attendant insisted that a passenger put her pet carrier containing a French bulldog puppy in an overhead compartment instead of under the seat, and the puppy died in flight. (United is having a shitty week in general with pets; it also sent a German shepherd that was supposed to be traveling to Kansas to Japan instead.)

It turns out that killing pets is a particular problem with United. Here's the U.S. Dept. of Transportation statistics on animal deaths on U.S. airlines in 2017:

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What has this to do with Sen. John Neely Kennedy? Not sure, other than he appears to be an animal lover like former Sen. David Vitter — but Kennedy sent a letter to J. Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines, asking for an explanation:
This pattern of animal deaths and injuries is simply inexcusable. For many people, pets are members of the family. They should not be treated like insignificant cargo. Frankly, they shouldn’t be placed in the cargo hold much less an overhead bin.

Here's Kennedy's letter. Good use of his time? Bad use of his time? What do you think?

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