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Grounded: Airline will no longer fly pets

Delta Airlines has announced that it will no longer fly animals on its planes beginning March 1. This only applies to animals that are transported in the aircraft's cargo hold, not service animals that are allowed in the cabin.

According to the US Department of Transportation, Delta was among the worst airlines when it comes to pet deaths. Over the last 10 years, at least 74 animals have died on Delta flights which is 25 percent of the overall total. Another 14 went missing over that period.

With the move, American Airlines becomes that last domestic carrier to transport animals in the cargo holds of its planes.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›