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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
277,120 supporters
Petitioning American Airlines

Freedom to Fly

On June 30, as I was flying back to Miami after a vacation in Jamaica, an American Airlines flight attendant told me I wouldn’t be allowed to board the flight without putting a jacket over my outfit. Although my outfit covered ALL of my assets, they told me that I was in violation of their dress code. I was humiliated in front of my son and other passengers and required to cover with a blanket. While American Airlines offered an apology and a refund, this isn’t just about me and my outfit--it’s about the way that the bodies of women and people of color are called “inappropriate,” and it’s time we say that enough is enough. Dress codes have a long history of injustice towards communities of color, and American Airlines is part of that history. Just as recently as 2017 the NAACP issued an advisory for Black travelers on the airline, stating that booking and boarding flights on AA could subject them to “disrespectful, discriminatory, or unsafe conditions."  Join me in boycotting American Airlines until they make a commitment to: Updating their policies and dress code with clear, specific language about what may and may not be worn on planes Removing the overly vague word “appropriate” from their current dress code policy Committing to providing training for their employees on implicit bias, including onboarding and follow-up trainings for old and new employees alike Documenting future dress code infractions in order to improve biased interpretations of dress code   Please sign and share with anyone who agrees with Dr. Martin Luther King that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  Thank you for your support, Dr. Tisha Rowe, MD, MBA

Tisha Rowe
42,815 supporters
Petitioning United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines

Handicap Airplane Seats: Why We Need Them

To United Airlines and all other national and international airline companies: My name is Victoria Rossi. I am 18 years old and live in New Jersey. When I was less than a year old, I was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy, which has led me to live in a wheelchair. Having a disability can be frustrating. It comes with its ups and downs. The last thing a disabled person wants to feel like is powerless. To replace this feeling, we try to lead a normal life and act just like any other teenager. One way I act like any other teenage girl is traveling. As an early graduation present, my parents took me to Las Vegas. Like anybody else, I was thrilled to take off and see the glamour of the city. But first, I had to deal with leaving New Jersey and flying across the country. Most kids with muscular dystrophy have secondary medical conditions which require a lot of necessary medical equipment. I would not be able to travel without this equipment, which means I have a lot of carry-ons. Between me and my parents, there were 3 suitcases and 12 carry-ons. The packing process seems exhausting already, but this is just scratching the surface. My muscular dystrophy and scoliosis cause me to have a hard time keeping my posture. Because of this, I cannot sit in a regular airplane seat. Instead, I have to sit in a toddler car seat. As juvenile as it may seem, it is the only thing that supports my back and head. It has to be strapped down to the airplane seat. Once I am in my car seat, I have to sit in it from the start of boarding to after everyone else gets off the plane. To add to this, the airline company struggled to load my wheelchair into the “belly” of the plane. My mom had to explain how to maneuver my chair and eventually had to go to the belly of the plane and help the cargo loaders. They eventually had to tilt my chair sideways and leave it in the plane that way. This delayed my flight by almost an hour. If major turbulence happened during the flight and my chair fell over, it could have been damaged, and then I would not be able to move around or function on vacation. These inconveniences can be even worse for other disabled people. I was in an uncomfortable car seat for almost 8 hours, leaving my body in physical and emotional trauma. Some families may not be able to afford or use a car seat and will have to sit their child or sibling in their lap. This can also be very exhausting for a disabled person and for the person that is supporting them. For these reasons and more, wheelchair accessibility should be considered for airplanes. Although it would mean the removal of a couple of seats, it would be much more efficient for people in wheelchairs to have them simply roll from the gate to the plane in their chair than to have them transferred from their chair to a different and uncomfortable seat. All that you need to do is remove some seats and add wheelchair tie downs. You can find these in other accessible vehicles such as minivans and buses. Now, before you close this letter, let me explain why it would be easier to have accessible airplanes. First and foremost, this would allow the maximum amount of comfort for those in wheelchairs. Most wheelchairs have footrests and a recline or tilt function. Airplane seats do not have all of these features. This would also most likely take away some carry-ons and create smoother transitions during the travel process. Disabled people want nothing more than normal life, and an easier travel day can add to this. Traveling is stressful enough for people who are able, so please consider handicap children, teenagers, and adults when creating new airplane models. Have handicapped people roam freely. I thank you in advance for considering this adaptation.                                          Sincerely,                                       Victoria Rossi

Victoria Rossi
5,958 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
5,398 supporters
Petitioning Airlines for America, Delta Air Lines, Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines

Allow Hedgehogs and other Small Exotic Pets as Carry-On Pets

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
4,657 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.
3,297 supporters
Petitioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, JetBlue Airways, El Al, Turkish Airlines, Swiss air, Lufthansa, internat...

get airline companies to welcome dogs on their flights!

As time flies by, flights are becoming a more common way to travel. Dogs have long been close friends of the homo sapiens, and are becoming more and more one of our family members. Young siblings, our own children. We see it everywhere. every pet store out there provides us with cute clothing for our furry friends, tiny shoes, diapers for the younger ones! We have hair and beauty salons for our 4-legged buddies.We take them to their own playgrounds in the neighborhood, we send them to special dog-hotels, we give them showers, brush their teeth, give them expensive medical care when they need it, hug them at night, tell them "come to mommy", and the list goes on and on (and on!)One area in which we have made little progress is taking our "bigger" fury friends with us on the flight. Usually a dog can join us in the cabin if he's very (VERY) small - in most airlines the dog has to weigh no more than 8kg INCLUDING THE CAGE. the majority of dogs weigh much more than that; leaving this possibility only to very tiny dog breeds (and cats...)Your only other option is to put your doggy - in the cargo! Just think how ridiculous it sounds - putting someone you love, someone you care about, someone you snuggle with in bed on cold winter nights - in the cargo! I know MANY people that avoid taking their doggies on vacations. honestly, I think most people do. not only that health regulations of different countries require an exhaustive process in order for our fury family members to join us - the airline companies do not make it any easier.  most people leave their beloved "fluffy" to the neighbors, or pay hundreds of dollars for them to be in a dog-hotel. Wouldn't it be much MUCH better if they could just.. join us? My husband and I take our little Jimmy (he's my emotional support dog - which is something I will talk about soon) on trips around the world, and he just adores that. people at the airport and on the airplane are super excited about having a dog to lighten their day, he's like an attraction for everybody. Everyone we talk to says how they would like to take their dogs with them, but they don't want to deal with this headache, or they don't want to put them in the cargo- to make them sit in the dark, all confused, anxious and ALONE.You don't do that to a living thing that you love. You don't do it to anyone!Lately there has been a real increase in the amount of people demanding their dogs to be recognized as an ESA (emotional support animal). Some people really do need it. they have had their little fluffy with them for so long, and he provides real service for them. service they CANNOT do without. Because of the grey area and lack of a real definition of what makes a dog an emotional support animal; many people abuse the loophole, and register their animal as an ESA only to avoid sending them to the cargo. this causes distrust between the airlines and the people; and makes mentally-ill people be in constant need of proving their mental issues, which causes a lot of unnecessary distress for an already vulnerable population (me among them). But how can you really blame the people trying to register their dog as an ESA?For most people I know, having to fly for hours knowing that their best friend is sitting in the dark; possibly in danger; DEFINITELY in distress - makes for a very uneasy experience, possibly one that they would rather avoid. One that most people do choose to avoid.  With this petition we will let the airlines know that we are willing to do anything to have our fury family members with us on the cabin like they deserve. let dogs that are bigger than a chihuahua join us on the cabin. we will NOT throw our dogs under the bus (literally). we will not treat them like luggage. 

Baby jimmy carson
2,473 supporters