United Airlines is facing another mishap after a giant rabbit was found dead at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport — the same airport where a passenger was dragged off a flight earlier this month.
Simon, a 35-inch-long Continental Giant rabbit who is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps to become the world’s biggest bunny, was found dead in the cargo hold on a trans-Atlantic flight from London Heathrow to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, according to the BBC.
“Simon had a vet’s check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle,” his owner, Annette Edwards, told The Sun. “Something very strange has happened and I want to know what.’
There were nine animal deaths reported on United flights in 2016 — and though it didn’t have the highest death rate, it did have double the number of total incidents, including injuries, of the 17 airlines included in the report.
Here are some of US internal flight for different airlines.
- American Airlines permits pets as carry-ons, cargo or checked luggage — excluding brachycephalic dogs and cats, which are not allowed as checked luggage.
- Both JetBlue and Southwest Airlines will accept cats and dogs as carry-ons only, for a $95 to $100 fee.
- United allows cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds in the cabin, in addition to carry-on luggage, for $125. Certain United aircraft come equipped with special “PetSafe” compartments that are pressurized like the passenger cabin, for transporting pets in cargo.
- Alaska Airlines will transport pets as cargo or as a carry-on for $100. Brachycephalic are not allowed for cargo travel.
So far, most flights out or into Singapore are in cargo area. So far, I only heard of Finnish flights into or out of Europe do allow rabbits and chinchillas in the cabin. SIA only provide such service for Business Class customers.
The danger of cargo hold is most planes do not pressurize the cargo hold, in which case it stays at the same temperature as the passenger compartment. This is done normally only in the case of live animals.