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Alaska Airlines tightens animal cargo regulations

By Hpanchal on April 9, 2012

Beginning May 1, Alaska Airlines will require all animals on its flights to be secured in net-and-bolt-locked kennels, a standard in compliance with new animal regulations. The American carrier also recently partnered with national veterinary practice Banfield Pet Hospital to prepare pets prior to takeoff.

Customers who transport animals via Alaska Airlines will now receive a complementary office visit at one of Banfield Pet Hospital’s more than 800 U.S. locations and a discount on the pet health certificate required for flight.

Alaska Air Cargo Managing Director Torque Zubeck said the new partnership reinforces the carrier’s dedication to animal cargo. “Alaska is one of few airlines that still welcomes pets onboard — both in the cabin and the cargo hold — and we're committed to pet care and safety,” he said in a statement.

According to a press release, Alaska Airlines employees undergo specialized training on animal transportation and adhere to standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the consumer division of the Department of Transportation.

Dr. Karen Johnson, vice president and client advocate for Banfield Pet Hospital, praised the carrier’s strict policies. “When it comes to pets, there is nothing more important than ensuring their health and safety whether at home or on a trip,” she stated. “We’re proud to partner with [an] organization that has a great track record of pet safety during travel.”

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