February 25, 2010 / 10:16 PM / 8 years ago

Canada agency to review airline pet policy

OTTAWA, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The Canadian Transportation Agency will review a policy at the country’s biggest airlines allowing cats in the cabin to see if it interferes with air travel for allergic customers.

The independent tribunal announced the review on Thursday after ruling that three people who are allergic to cats are, in effect, persons with disabilities because the airlines’ pet policies affect their ability to fly.

The passengers had complained about Air Canada ACa.TO, the country’s biggest airline, its regional carrier Jazz Airline, and WestJet Airline (WJA.TO), the No. 2 airline in Canada.

The agency, which wants the review to include other pets, said it will determine appropriate, “reasonable” accommodation and whether corrective measures are needed for the three passengers.

The airlines allow dogs and cats in a carrier that can fit under a seat. WestJet also allows birds and rabbits. (Reporting by Susan Taylor)

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