Mar 14 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) sent the following letter to the president of United Airlines, J. Scott Kirby, demanding an immediate explanation for the number of animals who have died recently in United Airlines’ care:
March 14, 2018
J. Scott Kirby
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL. 60606
By email, fax, and U.S. mail
Dear Mr. Kirby:
I write to demand an immediate explanation for the number of animals who have died recently in United Airlines’ care. The most recent death involved a French bulldog who was placed in an overhead bin at a United flight attendant’s direction. The animal subsequently died.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 18 of the 24 animals who died in major U.S. airlines’ care last year were in the care of United. Another 13 animals in United’s care suffered injuries last year. For comparison, Delta and American each reported two animal deaths.
This pattern of animal deaths and injuries is simply inexcusable. For many people, pets are members of the family. They should not be treated like insignificant cargo. Frankly, they shouldn’t be placed in the cargo hold much less an overhead bin.
Thank you, Mr. Kirby, for your prompt attention to this request. I look forward to hearing from you.
United States Senator