Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 10, 2017
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Air Canada reverses its pet ban

The next time you plant yourself on an Air Canada flight, you may find yourself next to Fido or Fluffy. On July 1, the airline reversed its “permanent” ban on cats and dogs travelling in the passenger cabin, which was implemented in 2006 after complaints from allergic passengers and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Now pets can be brought on board for a per-leg fee of $50 for domestic flights and $100 for international flights. The Canadian Lung Association and other physicians have already voiced their concerns that passengers with asthma may be put at risk by the policy change. “This is about profit and competitiveness,” Allergic Living magazine editor Gwen Smith wrote. “It’s really unfortunate that the health of asthmatics gets trampled in the process.”

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