When New York resident Rosario Gonzalez planned to visit her
family in Virginia, she also planned to take her 4 pound kitten
Tiramisu along on vacation. But after buying an approved pet
carrier, she discovered U.S. Airways charges a $100 pet fee.
Television station WNYW reports Gonzalez had paid only $177 for
her own round trip ticket. "I think $100 each way for a 4-pound
kitten is unbelievably incredible and completely unfair," she told
Rosario said she understands that airlines are a business, and
that they have a right to charge fees for additional services.
"(B)ut a reasonable fee," she said. "It's not fair to take
advantage of us, the consumer." She said it makes less sense when
children under 2 can ride for free on a parent's lap.
Most airlines charge for carrying a pet onboard, some as much as
$150 each way.