Doggie onboard

I am told that the U.S government has instructed all airlines that coming in and leaving out of their country must allow a blind passenger to bring her/his dog onboard. This is as to give an equal treatment to all regardless of their immobilities.

To avoid discrimination we are told.

The details are quite sketchy at the press time and the company that I work for, yet to come out with any announcement. I am hoping that they have sent or deliberating this new development with IATA or any important body to bypass the ruling. I hope.
And of course this is a noble idea to allow a blind passenger to bring a guide dog onboard but regrettably I am against the implementation of it.

These what I’ve heard:
i. Only one dog is allowed onboard per se.
ii. It must be well-trained and certified guide dog.
iii. The dog should be with the owner at all time.
iv. Do not feed her either liquid or solid food through out the flight.
v. The dog must not pee or poo during the flight.
vi. Not allowed to bark of course.
vii. It must be tied up to the any aircraft structure for the entire flight.
Most guide dogs are well-trained and that is why they are called guide dogs. If the ruling says that the dog must be tied to the seat or any aircraft structure and the she must remain with the owner for the entire flight, I think the best place for this special passenger and his dog is a seat somewhere main exits or emergency exits. Those seats at these exit points are usually designated with larger leg room to necessitate the emergency evacuations. It is the best place for any dog to be tied up. The thing is, these seats are meant for passengers with full mobility and able body to perform some basic assistance to speed up any emergency evacuation. No child or restricted mobility person is allowed to be seated in this seat, what’s more for a blind passenger. There we go…one ruling that the airlines cannot just simply change to suit this US requirement.
The only flight that we have now to US is via Taipei to the Los Angeles that takes approximately eleven hours of flying. How can we tell the dog that she wont be fed or no licking of water for the next eleven hours to America? If the dog somehow nodding her head in telling you that she’s understood your language and will oblige your request, would it be cruel for us to allow this dog travels without food for 11 hours or so?
“Ey little doggie darling, you can’t do your “business” either “big or small” for the entire 11 hour flight ok?”….that maybe the sentence that the dog owner would whisper to his dog. Let see whether “Do not Feed the Dog” procedure will eventually restrict the dog’s desire not to pee or poo for the eleven hour flight.
” Ah….you can’t also bark onboard you know darling!”. This is maybe another sentence that the owner may want to whisper to his dog. Let see whether or not a well-trained and certified dog can adjust herself to the many people onboard, the loud sound of turbo engines, the changing of cabin temperature, altitude etc. Would it be possible that these dogs are trained to control their anxiety about air traveling thus giving them the a calm and collected traveling experience that is beneficial to her blind owner? After all, the very existence of this dog onboard is to assist this blind passenger to move around in the cabin (toilet visit especially)but if the anxiety of flying may disturb the well-being of the dog, then the entire purpose of bringing her onboard is defeated and truly messy.
The special words used by the US is NO Discrimination to anyone as a reason on why this ruling is being introduced. What about the right of those who are allergy to fur? What is going to happen to a passenger if she or he is suffering from constant sneezing throughout the flight or even worst if we have more than one passenger who are having problem with furry animal? Do they have a right to travel without this fear or being attacked by their severe reaction to fur?
What about those who are fear of dog?
Ahh…muslims are not important! It doesn’t really matter whether or not they are happy that the dog is standing in front of them in the cabin. That is the least that we have to worry. If you have that kind of mentality, than this ruling is an absolute weapon to annoy any muslim passenger.
Happy flying people!


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  1. This brought me to this link. Interesting read.

    I would leave this issue to the top management to decide. . The percentage guide dogs/service dogs on board are rather low, compare to land travel. In our current situation thr are limited places to placed pax with svc dogs. In coach are buldhead rows: are occupied by bassinets or r two narrow, exit rows are to remain clear during take off landing. If service dogs are allowed , most probably they will have to fly at least business class as they hav more leg room.

  2. Gorgeous darling,
    Thank you for your link and visiting my blog. I’ve read the article and quite interesting issues written by this blogger. I do understand his points of view regarding dog etc and sympathized for people with disabilities that require dogs to accompany them.
    The writer is well versed with US laws concerning air traveling with dog. Interesting thought, he also mentioned “do not tell the airlines that you are bringing dog with you”…this to me a blatant selfishness on writer’s part. Of course he wanted to tell us that being honest with the airline will only be told that the flight is full but with that little white lie, he is using his confirmed booking as an insurance to ensure that he has the seat when check-in with his dog.
    He has said also that, ask the airlines to vacate those seats next to him in order for the dog to have an ample space or if the airline refuses to that request, ask to be upgraded to first class by quoting certain law’s provisions . To me, it seemed that this gentleman had been using his disability and his dog to get the best seat, the best treatment, the best priority and subtle “reinforcement” of certain laws to get himself upgraded and be treated some kind of ” I am disable person and I have certain perks that other do not have”.
    This a typical characteristic that usually giving other a hard time onboard of the aircraft….those crew are usually will have to deal this kind of passenger.
    This is why, I would suggest the blanket ban (to remain as it was…to continue) on all dogs regardless whether they’re trained or not…are disallowed to be in the cabin. This is to avoid similar abuse of leniency in reinforcing laws. The blind or any disability which requires dog to be with him, simply have to check his dog into the cargo. Why must we simply entertain one person’s right but the rest of people will have to suffer potential disturbance with the dog later on board? And what about the rights of those onboard?

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