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Petitioning Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, JetBlue Airways

STOP BREED BANS-Airlines Must Create An Expert Animal Health And Care Advisory Board

**UPDATE*** https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/delta-bans-pit-bull-type-dogs-as-service-animals-on-flights_us_5b2bf966e4b00295f15a9a62 The Airlines NEED expert animal counsel BAD. More HORRIBLE decisions coming down. Delta recently announced a ban on Pit Bull type dogs, including service dogs and emotional support dogs effective on July 10th, 2018.  This will be extremely damaging for Veterans, those with disabilities and all anyone who relies on their dog's for physical and emotional support.  We need these airlines to get their ACT TOGETHER. All of these issues can be avoided if they would listen to advocates, animal professionals and owners alike.  Sign our petition to get the airlines to recognize they need our help NOW.    -------------------Trending Recent News- Dog Dies In Airline Bin Dog Mistakenly Flown To Japan The recent news of this dog dying due to poor advice from airline staff just solidifies that airlines need expert advice in how to handle and care for the pets that fly with them. Airlines need expert advice on how to handle pets, where they need to stay, how they need to be cared for and more.  Our proposal is to create a travel coalition of the top leaders in the world on pet health and safety. We will then work directly with the airlines to create safe environments for pets that travel so that there are NO MORE DEATHS. iHeartDogs.com is volunteering to start and spearhead this coalition for the well being of all our pets. Sign the petition below to show the airlines that they MUST have better protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of our pets.     

iHeartDogs.com
276,485 supporters
Closed
Petitioning American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Department of Homeland Security, Ricardo Rossello Nevares, Nydia Velazquez, Luis Gutierrez, Bernie Sanders

Implement FEMA's PETS Act & lift the airline pet-travel restrictions in Puerto Rico

We are asking FEMA to fully implement the PETS Act, and for airlines to actively mirror-enforce parts of this regulation in order to transport pets safely out of Puerto Rico and into the USA, thus, reinstating pet-travel in their cargo area. The emotional toll of losing your home, job and place of residence is grave enough adding insult to injury when being forced to abandon a loved one. Why? Families in Puerto Rico are not allowed to take their pets with them when traveling domestically -to any of the 50 states- due to a recent airline pet-travel restriction post hurricane Maria; we want it lifted. Pets weighing up to twenty pounds are allowed in the main cabin on commercial flights, but above the 20-pound-rule, pets are only allowed to travel in cargo. The latter policy has been barred, becoming a major stumbling block for pet owners traveling with their pets outside of Puerto Rico. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) remarks on the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 (PETS Act) clearly states that PETSA is deemed operational when a federal disaster declaration has been made. The Department of Homeland Security’s, FEMA, should be providing “rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs for individuals with household pets and service animals, and to the household pets and animals themselves following a major disaster or emergency”, through its Disaster Assistance-Pet Evacuations and Sheltering policy DAP9523.19. There has been confusion on what exactly is going on. An article from the Huffington Post mentioned that, “On top of logistical issues, there’s confusion about what airline policies actually are, and who is making the rules. A widely shared Daily Beast story said a ‘federal ban’ was trapping pets in Puerto Rico. However, both FEMA and the FAA told HuffPost they were not aware of such a ban. Multiple airlines said they did not know about any such embargo coming from federal authorities” This ongoing restriction, enforced by the airlines, has already left thousands of pets abandoned in the Island, during what has been deemed the second largest exodus of Puerto Ricans to the mainland since WWII.  That is to say, and contrary to the law, that American citizens are not allowed to travel to safety with their entire family following a major disaster or emergency declaration.   Please sign this petition. Thank you, Pet Friendly PR, Corp., Fundación Almas Gemelas, Inc. and Barreto Animal Rescue Mission, Inc. [all 501 (c)(3) orgs] and Ileán Pérez Cruz.  

Barreto Animal Rescue Mission
5,404 supporters
Petitioning Airlines for America, Delta Air Lines, Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines

Let Hedgehogs and other Small Exotic Pets Fly Secured in Pet Carriers

Overview: Hedgehogs, along with several other exotic animals were recently banned from being allowed as service or emotional support animals (ESAs) onboard major US airlines including American Airlines and United Airlines because they are considered to be a "safety and/or public health risk."  Moreover, these animals and any other animal that is basically not a cat or dog will not be permitted onboard even if they are secured in a pet carrier at all times.  Although, some airlines will permit small domesticated birds or bunnies/rabbits and American Airlines still allows miniature horses onboard as service animals.  My Mission: To convince major airlines to lift the ban on hedgehogs and other certain small exotic animals, regardless if they are an ESA or simply just a beloved pet, and allow them onboard with their owners as a carry-on as long as 1) they are secured safely in a pet carrier at all times during the flight, 2) they don't need to be taken out of the carrier to be given food or water or otherwise cared for during the flight, 3) they are not smelly, noisy or otherwise disruptive to other passengers and crewmembers, and 4) they are healthy, parasite free and safe to fly with as documented by a recent letter or affidavit from a licensed veterinarian.  Please read on and sign this petition if you would like to help me urge major airlines to allow small exotic animals/pets, that meet the 4 guidelines above, onboard with their owners instead of just banning them entirely.  #LetHedgiesFly **The carrier must comply with all airline safety and size restrictions but be large enough for the comfort of the animal and small enough to be either held in the owner's lap or placed safely under the passenger seat in front of the owner. **Animals that are venomous, poisonous, diseased or illegal within the US should obviously not be allowed onboard at all. Background:ESA laws allow people to have "any animal" onboard airlines outside of a pet carrier at no extra charge as long as the owner has the proper paperwork or documentation including, but not limited to, a letter from a licensed mental health professional stating that the animal is needed for the emotional and/or psychological well-being of its owner.  According to the US Department of Transportation, airlines are able to exclude certain animals if they are deemed to be too large, too heavy, a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others, or a disruption.  Additionally, "airlines are never required to accept snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents, sugar gliders, and spiders."  Some exotic animals do not fall into any of these categories, so airlines have been allowing them onboard as ESAs in the past and, not surprisingly, this has led to a huge increase in animal related "incidents" because, unlike service animals such as seeing-eye dogs that receive years of specific behavioral training before being matched with their owners, ESAs "are not trained to perform tasks or recognize particular signs or symptoms" and are not required to have special training in order to be classified as an ESA which basically makes them not much more than pets.  Although, some airlines specify that ESAs must be "trained" to behave properly in a public setting and follow the owner's direction upon command.  However, they do not require documented proof of this training except merely a signed form on which the owner confirms that their ESA is "trained."  Airlines also state that if the animal shows aggressive or disruptive behavior in any way, then they will not be permitted onboard or will be removed from the aircraft entirely, but this policy doesn't exactly help other passengers and crewmembers if the animal misbehaves after the aircraft has already taken off. Obviously, allowing any animal, exotic or otherwise, onboard any type of public transportation outside of a pet carrier is a potential "safety and/or public health risk" and will cause problems one way or another because animals perceive their environment differently than humans and will act upon their instincts to protect themselves and/or their owners as evidenced by a news article published last year about a man who was "mauled" by an emotional support dog on a Delta airline flight.   Furthermore, most cat and dog breeds produce a lot of dander and are therefore more of a "public health risk" to passengers with allergies than a hypoallergenic pet that produces little or no dander.  And yet cats and dogs (with certain breed restrictions of course) are still permitted onboard most airlines as a pet or ESA.  Even some larger dog breeds are permitted onboard as ESAs without having to be muzzled or made to wear booties to cover their claws as a safety precaution. My Experience: I personally love all types of animals but am unfortunately allergic to cats and I'm not permitted to have a dog in my small apartment, so I decided to adopt an African Pygmy Hedgehog not just because they are extremely adorable and compact in size but especially because they are hypoallergenic, nonaggressive and very low maintenance.  My hedgehog's name is Peter Quill (Instagram: @littlestarlord_quill) and he is a sweet little fur baby that sleeps all day, because hedgehogs are nocturnal, but when he is active, he makes very little noise except for the sound his tiny paws make while running on his exercise wheel.  I was hoping to visit my best friend this year in Louisiana, which is only a 3 1/2 hour direct flight from JFK to MSY, so I emailed several airlines (Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and American) requesting permission to bring him with me onboard so long as he was secured in a pet carrier but they all denied my request.  Extremely disappointed, I even considered taking Quill with me on a 30+ hour train ride instead, so I emailed Amtrak the same request, but was again denied. Conclusion: Responsible exotic pet owners should be able to travel with their pets on airlines, especially if they are clearly less of a "safety and/or public health risk" than a cat or dog.   I wholeheartedly and sincerely hope that major airlines will take this petition under consideration and realize that lifting the ban and permitting certain small exotic animals onboard their aircrafts secured in a proper pet carrier would make a lot of their customers extremely happy and most importantly, it would also greatly reduce the number of animal related "incidents" that they are experiencing, especially if they also require that small emotional support dogs and cats be safely secured in pet carriers and larger emotional support dog breeds be required to wear a muzzle and paw booties, not just for the safety of others but for the safety of the animal and its owner as well. Disclaimer:  The beliefs and/or opinions stated in this petition, including those listed below, are solely mine and were not influenced or solicited by any outside parties, groups or organizations. **All animal/pet owners are responsible for ensuring that their animal is legal to have wherever they are travelling to or from.

Heather Luti
4,125 supporters
Victory
Petitioning American Airlines

Help stop human trafficking

A modern day slave could be sitting next to you on your next flight. People are being bought, sold, and transported into modern-day slavery in broad daylight. Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) works with the airline industry to develop training to identify human trafficking victims. To gain momentum we need an industry leader. This is why we are calling on American Airlines to lead the way by mandating human trafficking awareness training throughout an employee's tenure. Setting this standard would be a landmark move in helping end human trafficking in US air travel.      If trained correctly and continuously, flight crews have the ability to identifying human trafficking situations for law enforcement. They can be the eyes and ears in the air, scanning hundreds and thousands of passengers. A few airlines have taken advantage of the Department of Homeland Security’s online trafficking training, which is not specific to the airline industry, but none have made it mandatory and recurring.  Having a mandated, industry specific training that recurs for employees is the best way to stamp out human trafficking in US air travel. This is why American Airlines is critical. They have been a strong ally in working with AAI and we are now asking them to take the next step. We believe American Airlines should incorporate the training as a leader in the airline industry. The best part is helping human trafficking victims won’t cost much. The Department of Homeland Security and Interpol have offered to provide AAI’s industry specific trainings at no cost to the airlines. All American Airlines has to do is make the commitment. This simple policy change could save thousands of victims. Please join us in encouraging American Airlines to be an industry leader in ending human trafficking in US air travel. Please sign and share the petition today.

Airline Ambassadors International, Inc.
3,298 supporters
Petitioning United Airlines, American Airlines, International Air Transport Association, United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, American Society of Travel Agents, Federati...

North American Network Airlines need to start Chicago-Athens nonstop flights

This petition is to raise awareness to the aforementioned bodies and corporations that new nonstop service between Athens, Greece and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is needed and vital, especially during summer. As it stands now, nonstop service between North America and Greece is relegated to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark's Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Philadelphia International Airport, Toronto's Pearson International Airport, and Montreal's Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport, most with seasonal, summer-only service (not counting Emirates year-round service to and from Newark and Athens as an add-on to one of it's Athens-Dubai flights.) I have no doubt studies and route analysis have been done at both United Airlines and American Airlines on service to Athens in the past.  Now with the advent of aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, even the Airbus A330, service from Chicago to Athens non-stop can be profitably operated, even if summer-only.  Also, a mid-continent option would allow for greater and easier connection opportunities at both United and American's massive hubs at O'Hare Airport.  There are quite a few cities on the west coast and inter-mountain west that would benefit strongly from an easier connection through Chicago instead of going through New York, Newark or Philadelphia.  I urge both airlines, and both countries respective Tourism, Travel, and Airline groups to look into this matter and get the ball rolling.  

George Andritsakis
1,801 supporters
Closed
Petitioning American Airlines, Pedro Fábregas, William Douglas Parker, Ms. San Wong, Kaitlin Smith

American Airlines/Envoy, reinstate my husband's job please

On Sunday July 17th, 2017 my husband, Steven, was at work, just like any other day.  He was an Operations Supervisor for Envoy Air, owned by American Airlines. He and another coworker were making coffee for a flight when the coffee machine began to malfunction during the second or third pot. Steven's coworker said "that is coming out clear." When the next pot of coffee was coming out, Steven said "that is blacker than black," referring to the color of the coffee. An employee was nearby and mistook what Steven said for a racial remark. This employee put in a complaint and Steven was suspended from work and ultimately fired. Steven filed an appeal and met with the Regional Managing Director, all to no avail.  Steven was a dedicated employee, to say the least.  He began his employment with Envoy, an American Airlines company, five years ago.  He started on the ramp and quickly became a supervisor.  In October of 2014, Steven and I relocated from Chicago to Des Moines for his position.  We left our friends and families and everything we knew for Steven's career. We had a baby the following spring. When I was in the hospital having my baby, he was unable to be there full time because of his job.  He's left many times in the middle of the night to come in and assist with planes that had mechanical issues, diversions, etc., even after working 10/12 hour days.  He's worked on days off and that cost us extra daycare expenses and stress. There is no question of his commitment to the company.  For American Airlines to blow this out of proportion is wrong and it has caused our family extreme hardship and stress. I ask that American Airlines please reinstate his employment with the company because his words were to describe the color of coffee, not a person.    

Jenine Kafaro
1,278 supporters
Closed
Petitioning American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines

Airlines: consider breast pump/milk as a medical device

I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on August 1, 2017. Like many American moms, I returned to work after 6 weeks leave (and my job requires air travel). I did not want to compromise my job or breastfeeding my daughter, so I wanted to do my best to make both work! I quickly realized with American Airlines and Southwest that this would be difficult because a breast pump and milk is not viewed as "medically necessary" by these companies. I want this petition to change their minds and allow breastfeeding moms to bring on their medical device in addition to their carry on and personal item...because being a working, breastfeeding mom away from her baby is difficult as is. It is distasteful to profit from a breastfeeding mother because we are not traveling with our babies. Here are some facts about the legitimate MEDICAL benefits of breast milk: Breast milk boosts the baby's immune system, fighting various infections. Breast milk reduces the risk of disease for the baby later in life. Breast milk can be used to treat many ailments (skin rash/cuts, cradle cap, eye infections..) Breastfeeding can reduce the mother's risk of getting ovarian and breast cancer.  Breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS. If a mother is unable to pump or breastfeed, she risks becoming engorged which can lead to mastitis. Mastitis can cause symptoms such as an ill feeling, fever of 101+, pain/burning sensation in breast. Please sign this petition to encourage airlines to include breast pumps & breast milk in their list of medical devices not counted as a passenger's 2 item limit. And for the airlines that claim to recognize breast pumps as medical devices, please do regular sensitivity trainings so your employees no longer misinform mothers carrying these devices. Thank you for supporting new mom's ambitions to breastfeed and have a career/travel!

Christa Whitten
1,158 supporters
Closed
Petitioning American Airlines, CWA , Val Demings

Equal Compensation for Legacy AA Customer Service Agents

With the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the Customer Service Agents of Legacy American Airlines Customer Service Agents did not receive the same compensation, promotions and overtime as the legacy US Airways Customer Service Agents after the union agreement was ratified in December 2015. The purpose of a union is to come together to achieve common goals, compensation being a major factor. Up to 200 hours of vacation time was given to the legacy US Airways Customer Service Agents to utilize for 2017 to therefore be on the same page as the Legacy American Airlines agents on vacations, that's approximately a $6000 gift given to them with an agreement between the CWA and American Airlines. When Legacy American Airlines Agents changed work weeks to coincide with the US Airways Agents work week, the Legacy American Agents lost 40-80 hours per employee and were given a loan to make up the amount. With all due respect, the Legacy American Airlines agents were not represented properly by the CWA. After Legacy US Airways agents and Legacy American Airlines Agents became one forming a union in December of 2015, Legacy US Airways agents walked away with a profit sharing check in March of 2016. Where was the representation of the CWA union who promised all union members equal rights, benefits and compensation? In the CWA contract ratified December 2015, Article 1 - Purpose of Agreement, Section A, discusses proper compensation. Unfortunately, what was promised by the CWA, was a falsehood. Unions are bound to represent their union members by law. We the Legacy American Airlines agents feel we were not represented fairly by the CWA and believe appropriate actions are necessary by the CWA and American Airlines to resolve these matters to properly and fairly compensate the Legacy American Airlines agents.

Anil Phagoo
1,159 supporters