A look at United Airlines' new pet policies
Setting aside for a moment that flying dogs or cats in cargo holds of aircraft is, has been, and always will be a fundamentally bad idea for a host of reasons yet people still do it anyway, United Airlines unveiled this week an aggressive policy to tamp down pet deaths on its flights.
The move comes after a study found half of all animals that die on airline flights each year die on United flights, and the high profile hullabaloo last month that happened when one of its flight attendants forced a woman to put a puppy into an overhead bin, where it later died.
Some of the highlights:
- No animals outside of dogs or cats. That means your support hamster will need to stay home.
- No animals can be flown on long flights to places like India or Australia.
- Cats and dogs with short snouts, like bulldogs, pugs, Saint Bernards, and the like, will no longer be allowed to fly on any United flight. Because these breeds often have breathing issues, they are at much greater risk to die in a cargo hold than other breeds. Here's more on brachycephalic breeds.
- Certain destinations will be off limits during certain times of the year. For example, United won't fly dogs or cats to Las Vegas in the cargo hold in the summer months because of extreme temperatures.
The airline is also cracking down on crates, and requiring customers to make reservations further in advance when taking their pets with them. All changes take effect June 18.
United operates daily non-stop flights out of Oklahoma City to Chicago, Denver and Houston, among others.
Here's more on the policy from United.