The site includes a picture of each plane tail and tells a little bit about the animal that adorns it. And – avgeek alert – each animal’s webpage includes information about the aircraft as well, including the plane model, registration, seating capacity, engine type, the date of the first flight, and the final assembly location.
The airline is planning to add more features to the site, including downloadable coloring pages and activities, a page devoted to retired animals, and photos.
Do you have a favorite Frontier Airlines animal tail?
This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released air carrier data for calendar year 2018.
The report inludes stats on everything from arrival rates and incident involving the death of animals carried on airplanes to bumping rates and, for the first time, the number of wheelchairs or scooters that were checked and mishandled by airlines.
The full report can be found here,
but here are some highlights.
Hawaiian Airlines had the best arrival rates in 2018 – 87.8 percent – followed by Delta Air Lines (83.2 percent) and Alaska Airlines (82.7 percent).
The move came in response to increase incidents of aggressive pets and, in some cases, of pets biting and attacking passengers and employees in airports.
Now Tampa International Airport (TPA), which last May was in the news when a dog traveling as an emotional support animal gave birth to puppies in the terminal, has joined the herd in stepping up its enforcement of restricting non-service animals at the airport.
The aim of TPA’s new policy is reducing injuries to pets and people as well as enhancing cleanliness and sanitation at the airport.
Starting this week, TPA will begin educating pet owners about the airport policy which, it notes, has been in place for decades but loosely enforced.
The policy states that traveling non-service animals (i.e. pets) must be properly confined in a pet carrier or controlled on a leash when they are in the airport.
In addition, pets that are not traveling, such as those greeting arriving passengers in the Main Terminal, are not allowed at TPA.
At the end of March, pet owners who are not following the rules will receive warnings and there could be citations for non-compliant guests.
LIke other airport, TPA is experiencing record passenger growth and a record numbers of animals in the terminals. And TPA paramedics, police and maintenance staff are responding to an increased number of injuries to people and pets and cleaning up hundreds of pet ‘accidents.’
TPA’s policy enforcement was endorsed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which says the policy is a necessary measure to reduce animal incidents such as paw injuries on escalators.
What do you think of this trend? Do you bring your pet to the airport? Have you seen witnessed pets misbehaving at airports?
On Sunday, Mango Airlines reported that a swarm of about 20,000 bees was discovered building a nest inside on of its airplane engines, causing a delay to several flights.
Bee removal experts were called in and successfully gathered up and removed the bees. According to South Africa’s News 24 website, the bees were taken a beekeeper’s home and will be likely be transferred to an area macadamia farm or to another beekeeper.
Two beekeepers were called into remove a swarm of bees that had started building a nest in the engine of one of our aircrafts in Durban on Sunday. This unfortunately meant delays on three of our scheduled flights. The bees were safely removed.#flymangopic.twitter.com/XbzSNLALZV
Incidents of bees swarming airplanes aren’t all that unusual. In March, 2017, an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York’s JFK airport was delayed by about four hours due to a swarm of bees that had landed on the side of an airplane.