More animals die aboard United than any other airline

This post was originally published on this site
https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/gettyimages-2996851.jpg?quality=90&strip=all

Simon the giant bunny wasn’t the only one.

More animals have died aboard United Airlines flights in the last two years than any other airline carrier, according to US Department of Transportation statistics.

Animal deaths on planes are rare but 26 critters died in the air in 2016 – and nine of them were aboard United flights, the stats show.

Fourteen other animals transported by United were injured out of 109,149 total that traveled on the airline.

Those stats make for 2.11 incidents per 10,000 animals transported by United.

In 2015, United topped the list of animal deaths again, with 14 animal deaths and nine injuries out of 97,156. Thirty-five total deaths were reported that year.

By comparison, out of 17 US carriers in 2016, Delta Air Lines ranked second in animal deaths after United, with five fatalities and five injuries out of 81,070 transported.

And rounding out the top three was American, which saw 4 deaths and 1 injury among 80,888 traveling pets.

In 2015, Delta had 11 deaths and Alaska and American airlines had three each.

Seven airlines – Allegiant, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, National Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit and Virgin America – did not transport animals in 2016.

The Human Society of the United States warns on its website that air travel for pets can be “risky” since most are stored in cargo.

“While most animals flown in the cargo area of airplanes are fine, you should be aware that some animals are killed, injured or lost on commercial flights each year,” the society said. “Excessively hot or cold temperatures, poor ventilation and rough handling are often to blame.”

It urged owners to instead have their pets travel in the cabin if they meet airline requirements.

Simon, the 3-foot-long Continental Giant rabbit, mysteriously died after flying United April 19 from London’s Heathrow Airport to Chicago O’Hare.

His owner, Annette Edwards, had said he’d gone for a checkup before flying and was “fit as a fiddle.”