- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

An airline trade group says it’s setting safety standards for pets shipped on planes.

The move follows several recent incidents including the death of a puppy in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight.

The International Air Transport Association said Thursday it’s starting a program in which airlines will be able to certify that they meet standards for safe handling of animals.


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The group says airlines ship millions of animals safely every year. When things go wrong, however - as when a United flight attendant told a passenger to put her dog carrier in the overhead bin last month - it hurts the industry’s image.

The Transportation Department says that of about 500,000 animals shipped as cargo on U.S. planes last year, 24 of them died, including 18 on United.



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