United Airlines has updated their pet traveling policy after the recent death of a 10-month-old French bulldog after the dog’s family had followed all the previous rules. Now, United Airlines says that up to 40 breeds of dogs and cats will no longer be able to fly in their cargo bins. The new rules become effective June 18, 2018.
Dog breeds included in the change are pit bulls, bulldogs, Boston terriers, mastiffs, lhasa apso and many others. Exotic shorthair, Persians, Himalayans and Burmese cats are also included. If the animal is a mixed breed with one part being a breed affected by the change, it will not be allowed to fly.
Furthermore, United Airlines announced that no pet would be allowed to fly in the cargo bin of planes originating or landing in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, California, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, from May 30 to September 30.
Most domesticated dogs, cats, birds and rabbits will be allowed to fly in plane cabins with their owners. In order to do this, however, owners must declare the animal ahead of time and pay $125 charge. Service animals will be accommodated without any additional charges.
In order to make the changes, United worked with American Humane. This may be the first of many changes in United’s pet policy to be announced as American Humane continues to examine the company’s policies. The nonprofit is currently examining United Airlines cabin policies.
The changes were spurred by the death of a family’s French bulldog. According to witnesses on the flight, a United employee told the family that they would have to place their pet in an overhead bin for a three-hour flight. When the family went to retrieve their pet, the dog was dead despite being in an approved carrier.
Trouble for United continued the next day when they flew a 10-year-old German shepherd to Japan when the dog should have ended up in Wichita, Kansas. Thankfully, that dog was reunited with his family.