Dogs On A Plane – Finally A Happy Story

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

It’s dangerous to take your pet on an airplane. 

This is a lesson Michelle Burt learned the hard way. On a recent JetBlue flight from Florida to Massachusetts, her French bulldog started to appear uncomfortable while the plane was in the air. Soon, the poor pup’s tongue was blue, and Burt knew there was a problem. That’s when the flight attendants saved the day.

Darcy the Frenchie’s blue tongue was an apparent symptom of hypoxia, a condition caused by lack of oxygen to the body. Due to their short snouts, French bulldogs can be more susceptible to breathing problems, so it was quite likely that the dog would have suffocated if not of the quick response from JetBlue flight attendants Renaud Spencer and Diane Asher. 

Being a Frenchie owner herself, Renaud recognized the symptom and gave Darcy an oxygen mask. After a few minutes of gulping oxygen, Darcy returned to normal and survived the flight. One of Burt’s friends, who is apparently a flight attendant as well, shared Burt’s story to Facebook.

This has been a bad year for man’s best friend on planes, especially those bearing the logo of United Airlines. A UA plane was the scene of a French bulldog’s tragic death this past March, after a flight attendant ordered a passenger to put their dog in the overhead bin, where it passed away. 

The same week, UA flew a dog to Japan instead of Kansas where it was supposed to go. A few days after that, United rerouted a flight because a dog was on a plane that it wasn’t supposed to be on. This string of mishaps doesn’t appear to be a fluke, either. Of the 24 animals that died on flights last year, a stunning 18 of those deaths were on United flights.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.




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