Animal act

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Two years ago, a dog named Boris made headlines in the New York papers for nearly two months. Boris had arrived at La Guardia on a Delta Airlines flight during which his cage had been damaged, allowing Boris to bolt off the plane, down the runway and out onto the Grand Central Parkway. The missing mutt eventually was reunited with his owner, who, though happy to have her dog back, was plenty peeved at Delta.

Now it looks as if Boris' travails may make things just a little safer for other flying critters. Next week, two New Jersey pols, Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Bob Menendez, will introduce the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act in Congress. The bill, if passed, would require airlines to establish animal-travel guidelines as well as upping airlines' liability caps for lost or harmed pets.

My guess is that this will make the airlines barking mad. Complaints are up, passengers want rights, now animals are getting into the act? We'd better watch our step. They may just decide to raise fares on us. Oh, wait. They've already done that three times this year. What's next?

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