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!