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Our solution for improving the flying experiences of dogs on planes is to create a cage called AirCrate that is designed to comfort and calm them. This will solve the problem of high rate of dog deaths on planes, especially among snub-nosed breeds like boxers and pugs. furthermore, in order to get an accurate idea of the extent of the problem of dog injuries and deaths on flights, all airlines will be required to report all incidents moving forward.
In this project, we were all responsible for writing blog posts and meeting as a group to come up with workable solutions for this problem. Jet and Ben were responsible for building the cage, and I was responsible for the creation of the poster on Canva to bring awareness to the problem of dog deaths on flights and also to advertise for our product. Jet and I are responsible for the iMovie video.
In our solution, passengers who want to book this designated area on the airplane will pay a premium, but these passengers would be given a roomy, walled-off space so that other passengers are not bothered, and also so that there are no dog aggression issues between dogs sitting in close proximity to other dogs. The AirCrate will provide maximum comfort to minimize stress for animals, and every kennel will have blanket, bed, and access to a food and water bowl. Also, we will sell AirCrates, which will be outfitted with noise-cancelling foam around the cage to keep the noise out, and a quiet speaker will be posted on the inside to play peaceful music. Finally, there will be a light to keep the kennel lit, and essential oils will be diffused to calm the pups.
This solution will help dog owners who have to travel long distances for work or just vacation and want to bring their dogs with them. Also, this solution will help the dogs have less anxiety and they will no longer have to travel uncomfortably. First, we identified the problem in order to figure out how certain airlines had high rates of pet injuries and deaths. Then, we further investigated the details of these statistics and discovered that certain breeds (snub-nosed) were at higher risk of injury and death, and also that not every airline was good about reporting every incident. Next, we examined current flying conditions for dogs which included looking closely at what the interior of the cargo hold where dong kennels are currently required to be stored during flights. Finally, it was time to come up with a solution that would improve the flying experience of both humans and there furry travel companions. We decided to revamp the existing design of the cargo hold on airplanes to make them extremely comfortable and conducive to dog’s sense of security and safety while flying. One aspect of this solution that was difficult to develop was coming to an agreement as to whether we would modify the cabin or the cargo hold to accommodate these new changes. We decided that even though it would be ideal to create a new dog-friendly section in the cabin, it would be easier to gain approval from all the airlines to focus on modifying the cargo area. Though this experience our group had to learn how to create logical outlines of our Ideas since we all brought different Ideas to the table. We plan on implementing our solution by calling representatives from various airlines to pitch our AirCrate design and Idea. If any of the airlines express interest in our idea, we will then set up a meeting to come into their offices and show them a prototype of our AirCrate model.
Hello everyone, it is us, Jet, Sadie, and Ben and today we are going to tell you guys about our week’s work on our journey to stop dogs from dying on planes. So, we made sure to construct an idea that includes our research. We realized that these animals end up dying from issues related to stress, being away from their families, and in a cramped cage! On top of that, they are also struggling with issues like the noise! So, we decided to add a few things to our cage First, noise canceling foam around the entire thing to keep the noise out. Then, we also want to have a quiet speaker on the inside, that plays peaceful music. We also want to have a light to keep the kennel lit, and a screen showing images and videos of the dog’s family. To finish off, we want to have a small dog bed and blanket, and we want to have a way of getting food and water. To get water, we want to use the water cup that hamsters have in their cages. To get food, we want to have a small bowl in the kennel that the dog can eat from. However, we need to check the regulations that different airlines have about food and liquids in the cargo area. We have named our product, Airpods for Doggos! Do you get it?
On Friday, we got feedback on our topic. Almost everybody liked the idea, however the last person wanted our idea to be an event where we gave information to people about traveling with dogs. We didn’t really agree with her and convinced her that our product would be a better solution. However at the end, she told us that either would be fine. We would still like to do the kennel. We also were given ideas that we could research so that we know that our product is aloud and would work well. It was also recommended that we find products that we could use.
Some things that we should think about are aborting airline restrictions, cargo managers, how are going to do this, and the dog’s ears popping and whether that is too painful for them. We still are looking into these and plan on finding them by next class.
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I Hi everyone! Welcome back to blog #2! Once again, we are Jet, Ben, and Sadie. We learned that major airlines have varying rates of dog deaths. With some airlines, like United there is a much higher rate of deaths than others. Our group was confused about why some major airlines like United and Delta had very high dog death rates while others, like Virgin and Alaska had very low pet death rates. Some of the solutions our group discussed involved having clear and specific standards that all US airlines are required to follow concerning dog handling on flights. For example we all think that there should be a designated area in the cabin where only pet owners and their dogs can sit. We also discovered that the breeds that are most likely to die on a flight are snub nose breeds such as a bulldogs and boxers. However, creating a designated area for pets and their owners would likely solve this problem. While this area would cost more per ticket dog owners would have more room and it would be walled of so that other passengers are not bothered. Also passengers who might be allergic to dogs can choose flights that are pet free.
Currently, some airlines have prohibited any flight attendants from instructing passengers to place their pets in overhead bins. Additionally, some airlines, such as Delta airlines, have recently announced that it would no longer allow customers to check their pets with their luggage, unless they are a member of the military or require service animals for health purposes. As recently as 2018, United band 44 dog breeds from being transported underneath the aircraft all together because of there physical makeup that makes it dangerous for them to breath in tight spaces.
We think that all airlines should be required to report any pet death incident (currently, it is not mandatory to report pet death incidents. The number of pet deaths is going to go down to zero, the best way to achieve this is to make major changes that involve treating animals as if they were people.
Written by Ben, Jet, and Sadie
Hello! We’re Jet, Ben and Sadie and we’re working on a solution to Animals dying in the airplane system! Sadie has 2 dogs and Ben and Jet are going to get one soon, and anyone who even dreams of owning a pet knows that losing a pet is the one of most devastating thing that can happen to a family. When we have a pet they become a part of the family, and losing them because of an airplane or staffing issue is unthinkable. As a group we decided on this topic because we heard about some terrible things that have happened to pet owners like dogs being left on the tarmac in 90 degree heat and animals having panic attacks in the cargo hold. We didn’t want to see our pets have the same fate, so we’ve set out to find a solution!