United Airlines has had a rough track record in the last year with their canine passengers. In March alone, they caused the death of a ten-month-old puppy, and accidentally sent three dogs to the wrong destination! As outrage began to grow after the incidents, they stopped taking new reservations to fly four-legged passengers in cargo.
After a lengthy review, United Airlines seems to have come to a decision about the fate of pets in their cargo area, and many are upset. The airline has decided to stop accepting 21 breeds of dogs and four breeds of cats in their cargo area, although if the dog fits in a carrier under the seat, they are still welcome in the cabin.
United joins the other airlines in banning brachycephalic dog breeds, the breeds with short snouts like Pugs and Boston Terriers, as well as “strong-jawed” breeds. Other airlines such as American and Delta have banned brachycephalic breeds due to the high degree of risk to their health on a flight.
The dog breeds that are now banned from flying on United Airlines, even if it’s a mix of one of these, are: Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Belgian Malinois, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldogs (American, English, French, Old English, Shorty, and Spanish Alono), Cane Corso, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiffs (American, Boerboel, Brazilian, Bullmastiff, Ca de Bou, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Borgdeaux, English, Indian, Neopolitan, Pakastani, Presa Canario, Pyrenean, Spanish, Tibetan, and Tosa), Kangal, Pekingese, Pug (Dutch and Japanese), Shar-Pei, Shih-Tzu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Tibetan Spaniel.
The cat breeds banned from the flight are the Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, and Persian.
While many dog owners and pet professionals agree with the ban on brachycephalic dog breeds due to health concerns, many are curious about the true reasoning behind the banning of breeds such as the Belgian Malinois. Some fear that this is a type of Breed Specific Legislation.
Some pet professionals fear that this will cause an increase in the number of dogs being incorrectly called Emotional Support Animals by owners who want to get around this ban since it does not apply to dogs being flown in the cabin.
One of the biggest concerns of pet parents at this time is whether or not the main safety concerns are being addressed! In the new PetSafe rules that United has given out, they have not addressed putting dogs in overhead bins or how they intend to prevent other mixups that result in dogs going to the wrong destination.
Do you think United Airlines has done enough to fix the issue or are you still concerned about the safety of your pets on their flights?
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