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Should Pets Be Allowed In the Passenger Cabins Of Planes?

Pets On Planes

While most people don’t take issue with pets on planes, they aren’t all fans of having them in the passenger cabin.

For one thing, some people are allergic to the furry friends. They don’t feel that they should have to suffer through sneezing fits, or worse, just to accommodate Fido.

Alternatively, some people just don’t like animals, and find being around them annoying. Moreover, some people have an innate fear of them, and feel scared in their presence. As such, it doesn’t seem fair that they should have feel scared throughout the duration of the flight.

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With that being said, some people feel scared if they don’t have their pet by their side. In fact, many people have an emotional support animal to help them deal with their fear of flying. Moreover, some people prefer to have one to help them deal with their anxiety in general.

In fact, YVR even introduced a pet therapy program filled with comforting pooches to help ease the stresses associated with travel.

Pets on Planes

A recent study conducted by the Angus Reid Institute found that 45% of respondents thought that pets should be allowed in cabins; however, 42% thought the opposite.

In addition, 41% of respondents felt that allergies were the primary concern, followed by 26% stating cleanliness was the major issue.

Interestingly, millennial women are the most strident advocates for pets in the cabin. Specifically, 6 in 10 young women are in favour of the arrangement.

It should be noted that many flyers have disabilities that necessitate a service animal. In most cases, well-trained dogs help the visually impaired or others with disabilities, and mostly do not disrupt other travellers.

In recent years, however, people have abused the definition of service animal. Emotional Support Animals do not need to be trained as official service animals; they are companions to help flyers with anxiety and general comfort in their travels.

As such, they may not behave in a “professional” or even well-behaved manner. For example, a woman was stopped at Newark Liberty International Airport last year after she tried to bring her emotional support peacock on board.

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