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Keep Companion Animals Safe During Airplane Flights

Keep Companion Animals Safe During Airplane Flights

Name: Planes Ensuring Total Safety Act (PETS Act); Welfare of Our Furry Friends (WOOFF) Act

Bill Number: HR 5315 / S 2556

In March 2018, a 10-month-old puppy died when a flight attendant required the pet’s family to place him in an overhead compartment during a three-hour flight from Houston to New York.

This tragic event prompted legislation to be introduced in the House and Senate—the Planes Ensuring Total Safety Act (PETS Act), HR 5315, and the Welfare OF Our Furry Friends Act (WOOFF Act), S 2266. These companion bills would direct the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement regulations that would prohibit anyone from stowing live animals in airline overhead compartments. The bills would also require the FAA to establish fines for a violation of the prohibition.

 

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Prohibit Airlines from Requiring Animals to be Kept in Overhead Compartments During Air Travel

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation, HR 5315 and S 2556, which would ensure safe travel for companion animals flying with their families during airplane flights.

As you probably heard, in March 2018, a 10-month-old puppy was tragically killed on a flight from Houston to New York. He was placed in an overhead compartment of an airplane at the insistence of a flight attendant, and his family found that he died after they retrieved him at the end of the flight.

This tragic event prompted the introduction of this legislation, which directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prohibit storing live animals in airline overhead compartments. It also requires the FAA to establish fines for a violation of the prohibition.

Our companion animals are members of our families, and airlines have a duty to provide safe passage for these animals on their flights. Animals are not baggage and should never be locked away in overhead compartments where they can suffocate during even a short flight.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure before the end of the current legislative session.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]