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Alaska Airlines: ‘No, We’re Not Banning Bees’

In response to a recent incident in which two boxes filled with bees broke while being transported by Alaska Airlines as well as a subsequent statement from the carrier that no more bees would be shipped via the carrier in 2017, media relations director Bobbie Egan has issued a statement clarifying the carrier’s position:

“Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Cargo have NOT banned shipments of bees. We’ve supported bee movements to Alaska for years, shipping on average 24,000 pounds of bees a year. Just yesterday we moved three shipments of bees and three more went out today, with several more shipments planned before the season ends. It is true that we banned one bee shipper from Portland when he repeatedly did not pack his insects correctly in two separate shipments. The packaging of his shipments last Thursday arrived in ANC with loose netting, causing a number of bees to escape. Our employees did a great job of containing the bees without injury, but it was an unfortunate situation that we go to great lengths to avoid. We did offer to work with the shipper and train him how to safely package and ship his bees, however, he refused our offer.”

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