Monday, May 5, 2008

Pets will no longer fly with cargo

OTTAWA -- Pets travelling on Air Canada are being bumped up from cargo to checked baggage starting Sunday, as the window closes to appeal a tribunal ruling that deemed the cargo rule unreasonable for pet owners.

Air Canada is quietly making the change one day before it is required by law to reverse its pet policy, instituted last June. The change relegated pets weighing less than 70 pounds to cargo, giving them lower priority than baggage and mail.

But on the eve of the policy change, the airline had yet to change its online promotional materials and continued to tell customers that their pets could only fly cargo.

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