Significant Changes Made to the United Airlines Pet Policy
On May 1, 2018, United Airlines announced their collaboration with American Humane. American Humane is one of the country’s oldest national humane animal organizations, and they will be working with United Airlines to improve the overall well-being of pets that travel on United.
In conjunction with that announcement, they also informed United customers that the PetSafe pet travel program would resume operations later this summer. However, there have been some updates and restrictions added to the United Airlines pet policy for pets flying in cargo that will go into effect on June 18, 2018.
The new United Airlines pet policy states that only cats and dogs can be accepted into the PetSafe travel program and that pet parents can begin making reservations on June 18 of this year.
They have also released a list of dog and cat breeds that will not be allowed to fly in cargo due to potential health risks. The majority of the dogs and cats on this list are brachycephalic or short-nosed breeds that are at a higher risk of having breathing problems.
The current list of dog breed restrictions includes:
American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
American Staffordshire Terrier/”Amstaff”
Bulldog (American, English, French, Old English, Shorty and Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
Mastiff (American, Boerboel/South African, Bullmastiff and Ca de Bou/Mallorquin)
Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
Spanish Mastiff/Mastin Espanol
Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
Pug (Dutch, Japanese)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys”
The current list of cat breed restrictions includes: