For some reason, Delta Airlines chose yesterday, April 1, to debut a new service for people whose pets are taking a plane cross-country. When I first read the story, I wondered for a moment whether it was an April Fools’ joke. No, it’s the real thing: As of yesterday, Delta Airlines is giving pet owners the ability to pay 50 bucks to track their traveling animals by GPS.
The service doesn’t just allow you to see the location of your pet; a sensor in the kennel sends back information on the surrounding temperature, alerting the airlines if it gets dangerously hot or cold, and on whether the container is standing upright. The customer can check on their pet using a dedicated web page.
As of right now, the service is being provided only if you check your pet as cargo, not baggage, and only out of 10 cities: New York (LaGuardia only), Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tampa, Seattle, and Memphis. It’s also limited: If you think that you’re going to be able to check up on your pet’s status throughout an entire six- or eight-hour flight, forget it. For the same reason you are not allowed to make phone calls, the GPS units aren’t allowed to transmit data. Updates are only available before takeoff and after landing.
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