TROTTINGS*

 

To all animals – don’t fly United

I had some sympathy for United when guards dragged a passenger off an overbooked flight. Because overbooking happens all the time, and it is the passengers’ fault – because if everyone turned up for their flights and/or never wanted a refund, the overbooking problem would not be there.

 

And it was the guards, not actually ‘United’, that did the dragging.

 

But that’s another story.

 

Here’s another:

 

I have just learned (via colleagues at Washington Aviation Summary) that of the 24 animals that died in major US airlines’ care last year, 18 were in the care of United. Another 13 animals on United suffered injuries.

 

Two of the other top-3 US airlines, American and Delta, each reported two animal deaths.

 

But whatever United is doing wrong (one dog died in an overhead luggage bin), things might get better.

 

Two senators (one D, one R) have introduced Wooff (sorry; it means Welfare Of Our Furry Friends) to ban storage of live animals in overhead compartments. And there’s another proposed act, also from two (different) D & R senators, and also with a baby acronym, Pets (Planes Ensuring Total Safety).

 

 

 

The Fox. Remember, I’m an intellectual in the parallel world.

*Trottings = Trip Jottings

 

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