United Airlines has had a longtime sketchy track record for keeping pets safe during flights. Perhaps more important than a ban would be a trenchant review of their pet-care procedures overall.
United Airlines will ban 25 different pet breeds when it resumes flying pets this summer, four months after a dog’s death prompted the airline to review its policies for transporting animals.
The carrier will again accept dogs and cats in the cargo hold starting July 9 if the animal’s guardian is booked on the same flight… United is also teaming with American Humane (the org that oversees Hollywood’s use of animals) to “improve the well-being of all pets that travel on [their flights].”
United announced the changes less than two months after a bruising week of public-relations fiascoes involving dogs. A French bulldog died March 12 after a flight attendant had the pet and its animal crate placed in an overhead bin. In a separate incident, the airline sent a Kansas-bound German shepherd to Japan. United also took criticism over its record of animal deaths in 2017, when it accounted for 18 of the 24 animals that died on a major airline.
Breeds banned from flying United Airlines
The airline will no longer allow 21 dog and four cat breeds that are prone to physical problems from heat or other travel stress.
|Effective June 18, 2018, United PetSafe will NOT accept reservations for the following brachycephalic (or short- or snub-nosed) dogs and cats and strong-jawed dog breeds*, out of concern for higher adverse health risks:|
* Including mixed breeds
Source: See the list of breed updates