Details Emerge: Family Dog Dies on Alaska Airlines Hawaii Flight

Details Emerge: Family Dog Dies on Alaska Airlines Hawaii Flight

The unfortunate incident brings to mind the serious risks pets face when traveling, especially in the extreme heat of Hawaii summers, and how airport and airline policies may need to change when temperatures soar.

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48 thoughts on “Details Emerge: Family Dog Dies on Alaska Airlines Hawaii Flight”

  1. Needless to say, I will not be flying Alaska airlines any longer and I am going to get rid of my Alaska Airlines credit card. This is a simple case of someone not using their common sense regardless of the rules. I’m sure the dog posed no threat to anyone or other passenger had it been let out of his carrier. People need to understand that sometimes there is a moral imperative that trumps the guidelines.

  2. This is truly unfortunate, but the owner is completely responsible for the dogs passing. They know the rules before they fly, and if that doesn’t work for them, they need to travel (or move) without their pets. It sounds as though the dog wasnt properly hydrated properly before boarding.
    A bit suspicious about “shade” as Alaska departs from an air conditioned terminal (2). And honestly, what person in their right mind wants a dog out of the crate during landing and takeoff, for any reason! Humans arent allowed around the cabin during the two most dangerous moments in any flight, and neither should animals! Alaska has always been great with us when flying our dog in cabin while always requiring the rules be observed.

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  3. if your pet is in distress You take him out, No one can tell you otherwise, just ignore them. Ultimately it is Your decision and no one else’s. your pet is more important than any airplane staff member or flight. laws also have to be changed that pets must be in aircooled rooms and NEVER on the outside, no flying in weather over 70 degrees or summer.

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    1. I beg to differ with you Dee when you say “if your pet is in distress You take him out, No one can tell you otherwise, just ignore them” The cabin crew has absolute authority over all beating hearts in that cabin. Cant respect the cabin crew, cant fly. End of story, and the safety of humans always prevails over animals!

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  4. Other airline such as AA does not allow snubnose dogs on its flights whether onboard or in cargo. Perhaps AS needs to update its procedures to exclude these animals from its flights. Also, animals are not carried in cargo if temperates rise above 85 degrees at the orgin or destination of yhe flight.

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  5. People, need to leave there animals at home. It’s ridiculous, I have allergy’s and don’t want to sit by some dumb animal!!

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  6. It is an owners responsiblity to be sure that the temperatures are safe for their dog. Brachycelphalic (snub nose dogs) should not fly. They overheat easily due to resstricted airway. If you must fly with your Snub nose dog. Then purchse a cooling coat and be sure it is wet and cool. Be sure to get ice as soon as you board or in the waiting area.
    You can take a frozen ice pack on board with you. put it into the carrier. Be sure your Carrier is fully ventilated.
    Any dog can overheat in a small space such as a carrier.

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  7. Sorry for the loss. Hey Jeff and Rob just wanted to wish you a happy 4th of July and let the firework display at the Royal Hawaiian village resemble a sparkle of life for each and every local, Native Hawaiian, and of course all the tourists on vacation enjoying the display. I thought you would post some kind of Hawaii celebration event or activity for all of us main landers to enjoy!!!! Again Happy 4th and stay safe.

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