Earlier this year, Air Canada announced that it would allow cats and small dogs to ride in the passenger cabin of its aircraft. Although WestJet has for some time allowed cats, dogs, birds and rabbits on its flights, there was a negative reaction to Air Canada’s announcement. Specifically, there has been strong opposition by allergy and asthma sufferers about the health hazards associated with having pets in the aircraft cabin. This past fall, the Canadian Lung Association commenced a “Say No to Pets on Planes!” campaign in an effort to urge the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health to take action against the airlines.
The controversy over animals in aircraft cabins is not new. In 2002, the Canadian …Keep reading