Delta Debuts Innovative ‘First-Class’ Pet Travel Option

By Anna Breuer on 23 January 2020
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Delta Air Lines announced it will offer its own pet carrier, the CarePod,

Features of the CarePod, which is made from non-toxic materials, include a spill-proof bowl connected to a hydration system; always-on GPS tracking; a door secured with a latch, locking pin, and zip ties with lock indicator; insulated walls; shaded windows; two viewing windows; a feeding tray with external access; and four handles.

The CarePod “heralds a new standard of first-class safety and care for pet air travel,” the airline said in a statement.

A travelers will be able to monitor his pet’s journey via the Delta cargo website, which will provide “key travel updates” in real time.

The cost for carriage on a typical flight, such as from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was $850 according to the Delta cargo website when Frequent Business Traveler tested the booking process.

The acceptance cut-off time for the CarePod is two hours prior to the scheduled departure time for the flight.

If a pet is under 10.4” (26 cm) in height, travelers must book a “size converter” for the CarePod.  The internal height of the CarePod is 23.5” (60 cm), and its internal length and width are 30” (76 cm) and 20.5” (52 cm) respectively.  Animals that are deemed to large for the CarePod “will not be able to fly,” the airline said.

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