A new policy has been established by United Airlines for transporting pets in cargo holds that includes banning dozens of dog breeds and various types of cats.
The new policy will be taking effect on June 18, the time when the carrier will be resuming the reservations for its PetSafe program. In March, the airline temporarily stopped the program after a series of incidents involving pets that were lost and some others which died on United flights.
United said it will be working with an animal-welfare group called American Humane, to improve the well-being of pets that travel both in the cargo hold and in the cabin on United.
The types of dogs and cats which are banned are short or snub-nosed breeds, the ones with strong-jawed breeds, out of concern for higher worse health risks. Banned dogs include Boston terriers, pit bulls, boxers, pugs, bulldogs, and mastiffs among others, also including mixes of those breeds. Types of Banned cats are exotic shorthair, Persian, Burmese, and Himalayan. No other pets qualify for the PetSafe program other than dogs and cats.
Extreme heat on the ground can also be a problem as United won’t accept reservations to and from four desert airports which are Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Phoenix and Tucson from May 1 to Sept. 30. The reservations to and from India and Australia will also not be accepted
United said it will be resuming the reservations from June 18 for pets traveling with their owner for flights beginning from July 9. For pets traveling alone, it will start taking reservations from July 16 on flights that will be departing July 30 and after.
If a pet carrier fits beneath the seat in front of them, then passengers can still bring dogs and cats into the cabin.