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house Bill H.R. 5315

Should Airlines Not Force Passengers to Store Pets in Overhead Compartments?

Argument in favor

A live animal shouldn’t be stored in a plane’s cramped, poorly ventilated overhead compartment because they could die and this common sense, bipartisan bill would prohibit airlines from doing that ever again to their passengers’ pets.

Marja's Opinion
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04/06/2018
It’s sad that this even needs to be addressed.
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jweland's Opinion
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04/06/2018
How can this even be a question? Of course animals shouldn’t be “stored” in overhead compartments. Curious why this isn’t being out through the FAA though. Why is Congress looking at THIS issue... especially when they won’t tackle gun safety?
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Linda's Opinion
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04/06/2018
The need for this bill is pathetic. Airlines should monitor the safety of any living passenger. Pets must not be restricted to any area that can endanger life.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t legislate this because it’s common sense that live animals shouldn’t be stored in a plane’s overhead compartment. Airlines will prevent flight attendants from doing this again in the future without this becoming law.

JTJ's Opinion
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04/06/2018
Why do we insist on having the government legislate every aspect of our lives? Companies should create their own policies and let the market sort it out from there. This is not the governments business.
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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04/06/2018
I agree that it should be prohibited to have your pet stored in an overhead storage space on a flight; however, this is not the government’s position to regulate. The FAA should be in charge of this already, but the biggest change must come from the companies themselves. If they still want passengers, the market will adapt to the public outrage, period. Leave government out of daily lives.
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Dara's Opinion
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04/07/2018
My personal feeling is that if you want to travel with your pet drive.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Aviation
    IntroducedMarch 15th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 5315?

This bill — known as the PETS Act — would prohibit airlines from storing a live animal in the overhead compartment of any flight and establish civil fines for violating the prohibition. It was introduced after a United Airlines flight attendant allegedly forced a passenger to put her 10-month old French bulldog named Kokito into an overhead compartment, where he died.

The bill’s full title is the Planes Ensuring Total Safety Act.

Impact

Pets and their owners; airlines and their employees; and civil courts.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5315

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) introduced this bill to prohibit airlines from requiring passengers to store pets in a plane’s cramped, poorly ventilated overhead compartment:

“It should be plain common sense that a live animal doesn’t belong in a cramped, dark, and poorly ventilated overhead compartment. Unfortunately, United Airlines doesn’t seem to get that, so I introduced legislation to ban the practice. Hopefully this stops other dogs from meeting the same fate as Kokito.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) added:

“Dogs, cats, and other animals should never be placed in overhead bins on aircraft. Often times these animals are considered members of one’s family and to jeopardize their health, safety, and ultimately their lives should be prohibited. It is astonishing that we have to pass a law to stop this from happening, it should be common sense.”

This legislation has the support of three bipartisan cosponsors, including two Democrats and one Republican.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: altanakin / iStock)

AKA

PETS Act

Official Title

To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to promulgate regulations to prohibit the storage of live animals in overhead compartments of airplanes.

    It’s sad that this even needs to be addressed.
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    Why do we insist on having the government legislate every aspect of our lives? Companies should create their own policies and let the market sort it out from there. This is not the governments business.
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    How can this even be a question? Of course animals shouldn’t be “stored” in overhead compartments. Curious why this isn’t being out through the FAA though. Why is Congress looking at THIS issue... especially when they won’t tackle gun safety?
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    I’m gonna say this again! I would like to request that Congress start addressing some of the major issues like better health care for all, lowering the national debt, restructuring the failing immigration system, keeping big money out of politics, our crumbling infrastructure, aid to the Americans in Puerto Rico (they ARE citizens), term limits for Congress, etc etc. I thought the GOP was the party of smaller government. Quit sticking your legislative nose in EVERYTHING and start working for ALL the people. I’m sorry a dog died, heartbreaking, but do we really need to have a bill saying that, sounds like a poor business decision. The person can sue for a hefty sum and be done with it. DO YOUR DAMN JOB THAT WE HIRED YOU TO DO!!!
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    This is a no-brainer
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    I agree that it should be prohibited to have your pet stored in an overhead storage space on a flight; however, this is not the government’s position to regulate. The FAA should be in charge of this already, but the biggest change must come from the companies themselves. If they still want passengers, the market will adapt to the public outrage, period. Leave government out of daily lives.
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    The need for this bill is pathetic. Airlines should monitor the safety of any living passenger. Pets must not be restricted to any area that can endanger life.
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    My personal feeling is that if you want to travel with your pet drive.
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    We should protect our animals and pets no matter where they are. We cannot let them die or suffer in those closed spaces forever. Please vote Yea, and make airlines understand our disgust.
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    What moron would put an animal in the overhead compartment anyway?
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    Why is this even up for debate? Are we that callous and disconnected from our own humanity that this has to be an actual question we must vote on? Tragic.
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    This is back on the table and still no real gun legislation. 👺Is the NRA going to have 45s minions arm youtube employees next? Will there be federal legislation mandating businesses prepare employees with active shooter drills? Will employees be faced with wondering whether or not their managers will come unhinged and shot them? 😱Likely not, because that type of work environment is so toxic it would kill productivity and halt any and all innovation. 💥So, then why are we, as a nation, legislatively subjecting children to that same caustic environment?
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    No animal should be put in a life threatening situation. The people are paying for those pets the same as their seat. BUT people should use common sense and not take weird & huge animals on a plane. Others have rights too.
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    In a perfect world, this would be pure common sense. However, in this, our hyper capitalistic greed laden reality, it is a topic for legislation.
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    Duh. How would you like to be crammed in an overhead bin?
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    The owners should simply sue the airline and let the judicial system do its work
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    What a ridiculous and inhumane policy! If an animal can’t be in a carrier under the seat in front of its owner, it shouldn’t be on the plane.
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    The incident on United airlines was a tragic mistake. The flight attendant didn’t realize there was an animal in the bag. It is common sense and against policy to knowingly put an animal in an overhead bin. Legislation is not needed.
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    Love animals, but this is a ridiculous overreach and does not require a law to be passed. Very disappointing that congress calls out executives at airlines for poor service and single tragic events with a dog but will not do anything about our mass shootings.
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    This shouldn’t be a government matter, more than it should be a private company matter. Companies should provide their own policies and make the consumer make the rational choice between these companies, also making some companies have a real competitive advantage over customer service.
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