Airline reforms in the treatment of travelling animals

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Recently there has been a lot of media attention around the treatment of animals whilst being transported by Virgin Australia. Unfortunately this was brought to light by the passing of the beautiful Bruno, left on the hot tarmac while in the care of Virgin Australia. Then a week later I was shocked to discover my gorgeous Frankie was also left on the tarmac when our flight was delayed. This is simply not good enough! Airlines must put in place new procedures if they are going to continue to transport pets, they are happy to take our money but void any responsibility.

I have been informed by a virgin representative that the current procedure is to take animals to the tarmac 45 minutes before deapature! Then if there is a rolling delay they may be kept out there until a set time can be put on the delay!

I am hoping if enough people stand up to Virgin and any other airlines that have these archaic procedures they will genuinely review and change how they treat travelling animals. Ideally animals would be the last to board and first off to ensure the less amount of stress possible, with an air conditioned or heated space whilst waiting (pending outside temps of course). Further to this it would be great if there was a maximum time instated that animals can only be on the tarmac for 10 minutes at an absolute maximum under shade or cover. 

At the end of the day all we want is to ensure our pets travel safety and arrive alive.

 

 



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