By Noreen Lanza

The airline industry has been transporting live animals since its infancy in the 1930s. Most airlines transport live animals in airplane holds as cargo by procedures that have not changed much over the years.

Today, people in general, hold pets and animals in higher regard than throughout the twentieth century. Most pet owners keep pets indoors and consider them a part of the owner’s family. Owners of small pets are fortunate that airlines allow their pets to be carried into the cabin and transported in the cabin when accompanied by their owners on trips. But, most airlines handle larger pets and unaccompanied live animals as cargo and still travel in cargo holds with all of the attendant risks.

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Recommended Citation
Noreen Lanza, Keeping the Live in Live Animal Air Cargo Transport, 84 J. Air L. & Com. ____ (2019).