Feel free to download our most updated inventory of the Pet Air Incidents as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation through March, 2013.
Interestingly, we know they’ve missed at least one incident. Well, the DoT didn’t exactly miss it…. Hawaiian Airlines failed to report it.
On March 24, the Horner family was moving from Honolulu to Los Angeles with their two dogs when one of the dogs – Victor – escaped when his crate fell from the loading ramp. Victor’s escape received media coverage from KHON, as did his reunion with his owner one month later.
I became aware of the incident when Laci Horner contacted me through Facebook about a week after the dog was lost.
The incident fits all the criteria for reporting by Hawaiian Air – Victor was traveling with his owners and was lost for “more than a few hours.”
Why didn’t Hawaiian Air report it??
I don’t have an answer for that, but I think most of you know what I’m thinking… they didn’t report it because THERE IS NO ONE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL INCIDENTS ARE REPORTED.
How many more incidents actually happened in March that weren’t reported? WHO KNOWS!!!
I asked our contact at the Department of Transportation to explain how the DoT cross-checks to make sure that airlines are reporting all incidents that occurred.
He replied that he would check into this, but failed to answer my question about cross-checking.
If you hear about an incident of a pet being lost, injured or killed while in the care of an airline, please contact me through this blog, through our Facebook page (Jack the Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK) or call me or drop me a text at 305-582-5884.