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Pets take to the air

Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 2:08 PM

Frontier Airlines said today it will now let customers carry small pets on board, the Associated Press reported.

However, it may cost more than some of the fares the airline charges its human passengers.

Passengers may now bring along their small dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters or small birds for $75 each way.

As the owner of a three-year-old Chihuahua named Max, I am thrilled to hear this news!

It is always so stressful to determine who will care for him while I'm away. To me it's well worth the cost to bring him along for a ride in the skies, even if it costs more for his ticket than mine. I think most pet-lovers would agree.

This is a smart business move for Frontier, recognizing there is a sizable market of people, like me, who won't spare any expense when it comes to their four-legged friends. (Max even has a Coach collar!)

Frontier is following the lead of Southwest Airlines, another low-fare carrier, which began allowing customers to bring small pets on board last year.

Would you buy an airline ticket for your dog? Post a comment and let me know what you think.

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Big whoop T doooo!

Well, I guess on the bright side, this "news" lets me know not to fly on Frontier unless I want some yappy little dog sitting next to me. In my assumption, it'll lose more fliers than they gain because normal people don't want to sit next to Tweety Bird.

PS: When are we going to get Scott (ie, a real business reporter) back?

-- Posted by Just__Me on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 7:33 AM

i doubt that the animals will be with the humans, they will probably be in the cargo area of the plane. seriously.

-- Posted by westend on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 8:14 AM

Seriously westend, it says "on board" which must mean (ta-da) on-board.

-- Posted by ParkerDaws on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 9:06 AM

The AP story stated that the animals must be in crates and stowed under your seat. So they will not be in the cargo area.

-- Posted by MelissaMiller on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 9:27 AM


-- Posted by westend on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 12:35 PM

Vulcan, I would pay an extra $75 not to have to sit next to a stinky little rodent.

On that note, has anyone ever explored the idea of "adults only" flights. I actually would choose the hampster over some of the screaming kids that I have had the displeasure of flying with. International flights with screaming 2 year olds are not my idea of fun.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 8:34 AM

And this has what to do with business in Cape? Can we not read this online somplace that does national stories?

-- Posted by spanish_street on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 11:42 AM

Here's an idea spanish_street and Just_Me---how about you don't read it at all, instead of reading it and then complaining about it? No one forced you to read the article. Do you honestly have nothing better to do than to complain about something so trivial?

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Thu, May 20, 2010, at 3:20 PM

How about MusicMaker we say what we feel and you say what you feel, just as you did and we just go along the way....I have an opinion about this article just as you had an opinion about my statement. After all ,last time I checked, Melissa was hired at the Missourian to be a local news reporter, correct? Last time I checked, MusicMaker, Frontier Airlines didnt fly into Cape. This article was just copied from another paper and used to fill in a space or start a blog about something that didnt really matter to the people of Cape!

-- Posted by spanish_street on Sat, May 22, 2010, at 9:01 AM

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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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