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Delta To Again Prohibit Pets

March 26, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) _ Delta Air Lines is advising passengers making summer travel plans that it won’t be allowing animals to be checked as baggage when the temperature is above 85 degrees.

The Atlanta-based carrier said Friday it has begun requiring passengers to notify the airline of plans to check an animal as baggage when they book a reservation.

Delta also is asking customers planning to travel with pets in June, July or August to book flights leaving before noon or after 6 p.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Last June, several dogs were killed in Delta cargo holds when extreme heat gripped much of the nation.

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal-Plant Health Inspection Service requires that pets not be checked as baggage if the animal will be exposed to temperatures below 45 degrees or above 85 degrees for more than 45 minutes in flight.

Delta excluded tropical fish shipments from the rule.

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