Pet Passenger Rights


>>>AND UPDATE ON THE TRAGIC STORY OF COCHITO. THAT’S THE 10-MONTH-OLD FRENCH BULLDOG AFTER A UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANT FORCED ITS OWNER TO PLACE THE PUPPY IN AN OVERHEAD BIN ON A FOUR-HOUR FLIGHT. THERE’S BEEN A CRY FOR JUSTICE BY ANIMAL LOVERS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN WASHINGTON, LAWMAKERS ARE LISTENING. A REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT HAVE BRO INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROHIBIT STORING ANIMALS IN OVERHEAD DEPARTMENTS. AND THERE’S BEEN A CALL FOR A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO COCHITO’S DEATH AND HAS INTRODUCED A PET PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS THAT SHE’S CALLING COCHITA’S LAW, TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND OTHER STEPS SHE BELIEVES NEEDS TO BE TAKEN TO STOP THESE ANIMAL DEATHS IN THE SKY, IS THE SENATOR. SENATOR, THE BILL THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED IN WASHINGTON, YOUR PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD BAN AIRLINES FROM PUTTING ANIMALS, ANY LIVING CREATURE IN OVERHEAD COMPARTMENTS. WHAT ELSE DOES YOUR BILL DO?>>IT’S, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WOULD — WHENEVER THEY PLACE A PET, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE, THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE FOOD FOR THE PET AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE WATER, MEDICINE, JUST IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS AND THEY HAVE TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE THE ROOM TEMPERATURE CAN BE CONTROLLED. AND BECAUSE THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT IT HAS HAPPENED, COCHITO BOUGHT A PLANE TICKET, JUST LIKE A REGULAR PERSON AND IF THEY MAKE YOU PAY TO TAKE YOUR PET, WHY WOULD THEY NOT TAKE CARE OF YOUR PET? AND PETS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED IN A LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT.>>BUT SENATOR, THERE’S BEEN A BIT OF A BLOW BACK TO PROPOSED LEGISLATION FOLLOWING COCHITO’S DEATH. AND ONE OF THE CRITICISMS IS, LOOK, EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SAID, NOT PUTTING A LIVING CREATURE IN AN OVERHEAD BIN, SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS A LAW NOT TO DO THAT, SHOULDN’T BE WORKING AS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT IN THE FIRST PLACE, RIGHT? OR ANY OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT YOU’RE PROPOSING. AND ANOTHER CRITICISM HAS BEEN THAT WHEN YOU INTRODUCE LEGISLATION IN THE MIDST OF AN EMOTIONAL EVENT LIKE THIS, IT TENDS TO CREATE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THESE CRITICISMS?>>I DON’T THINK IT’S EMOTIONAL. I THINK AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, THIS IS WHAT WE’RE HERE FOR. THIS IS A YOUNG MOTHER WITH A 1-MONTH-OLD BABY, AND WE ALL KNOW HOW IMPORTANT PETS ARE TO FAMILIES. SOME PETS CAN SERVE AS — SOME PETS ARE THERAPEUTIC PETS. WE KNOW THAT IF YOU’RE A SENIOR CITIZEN, LIVING ALONE, JUST THE IDEA OF HAVING A COMPANION PET, WHAT THAT CAN DO FOR YOU. I DON’T THINK THE BILL I HAVE INTRODUCED TODAY. AND LAST YEAR I INTRODUCED A BILL ALLOWING SENIORS THAT LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A PET. SO I DON’T THINK THIS IS EMOTIONAL. I THINK AIRLINES ARE VERY POWERFUL, THEY MAKE A LOT OF MONEY AND IT’S JUST — IT SHOULD JUST BE COMMON SENSE THAT YOU DON’T PUT A DOG IN A LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT CHLZ.>>IT SHOULD BE COMMON SENSE. SOME LAWMAKERS HAVE CRITICIZED THE FAMILY WHO OWNED COCHITO FOR ACT KWEE YEZING TO THE FLIGHT ATTEND DANTD. BUT THAT BRINGS UP THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION YOU ALLUDED TO, THE POWER OF THE AIRLINES?>>FROM 2015 TO 2017 THERE HAVE BEEN 85 PETS THAT HAVE DIED ON AIRLINES. THAT’S 85 PETS. I MET WITH COCHITO’S FAMILY, AND SHE WAS CARRYING A 1-MONTH-OLD BABY ON A PLANE, ANY PARENT THAT’S BEEN ON A PLANE WITH TWO SMALL CHILDREN, THEY KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS. WHEN I MET WITH STEPHANIE, SHE SAID I MET WITH THE GUY ON UNITED AIRLINES, HE WAS DRAGGED OUT SIMPLY FOR CAASKING A QUESTION, SO SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE DRAGGED OFF FOR NOT COMPLYING. SO SHE FELT LIKE AIRLINE STEWARDESS WAS GOING TO HAVE HER DRAGGED OFF. SO THE PEOPLE ON THE PLANE TALKED ABOUT HOW SHE KEPT SAYING, MY DOG IS BARKING, MY DOG IS BARKING, MY DOG IS NOT ALL RIGHT. AND THEY DIDN’T LISTEN TO HER.>>WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A LAWMAKER, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT PETS, AND EVEN HUMAN BEINGS ARE OFTEN MISTREATED, WHERE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ARE ACTING AS BOUNCERS ON AIRLINE FLIGHTS.>>THE AIRLINES ARE FEDERALLY REGULATED AND WE ARE LOOKING VERY HARD WITH OUR TEAM FOR WHAT WE CAN DO WHO ARE FLYING NOT ONLY OUT OF JFK AND LAGaGUARDIA BUT ANY OTHER STATE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. I SOMETIMES FLY TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, I KNOW SOMETIMES THEY CANCEL MY FLIGHT, OR THERE’S NO FOOD ON THE PLANE, OR ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU — KIND OF A FRIGHT TO ASK FOR ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE AIRLINES BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE YOU OUT AND YOU’RE GOING TO MISS YOUR FLIGHT.>>SENATOR, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING
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