The good news is, there have been some improvements. Continental has a PetSafe program with a 24-hour desk dedicated to tracking pets in flight and all animals travel in climate-controlled conditions. And recently a new airline, Pet Airways (above), was launched that caters only to animals. On each flight there's a trained "pet attendant" who checks on the animals every 15 minutes. (Sounds better than the treatment humans get these days on airlines.) But for now there's only one plane in the fleet and the destinations are limited to New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Denver.