United Airlines Bans 47 Dog & Cat Breeds Prone to Heat or Travel Stress

United Airlines bans 47 dog and cat breeds from flights effective from June 18, 2018.

The change in policy comes after a French bulldog died after a flight attendant instructed the dog's owner to put the pet and its crate in an overhead bin. In 2017, United recorded a record number of 18 animal deaths on its flights. 

On 20th of March came announcement United Airlines Temporarily Suspendes Pet Travel in Cargo Holds! United Airlines temporarily banned all pets from their flights while they re-evaluated their PetSafe travel policies. After re-evaluation the company released a list of 47 dog and cat breeds no longer approved for travel in the cargo hold starting June 18.

This decision was made after a French Bulldog named Kokito suffocated in an overhead bin in a flight from Houston to New York in March. Next day, United accidentally sent a dog to Japan that was supposed to be destined for Kansas. That same week, another dog was loaded into the cargo hold of the wrong plane, resulting in the aircraft being diverted.

United announced they will only fly cats and dogs going forward, no other household pets. Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) animals prone to heat or travel stress such as Pugs, French Bulldogs and exotic cat breeds will be banned from flying in their aircraft cargo holds out of concern for higher adverse health risks. “Strong-jawed” dogs such as American Pit Bull Terriers and several Mastiff breeds are also on the no-fly list.

Below are the 47 dog and four cat breeds banned from flying beneath the plane including Belgian Malinois:

Dog breeds 

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier/”Amstaff”
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
    • American Bulldog
    • English Bulldog
    • French Bulldog
    • Old English Bulldogges
    • Shorty Bulldogs
    • Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff
    • American Mastiff
    • Boerboel/South African Mastiff
    • Bullmastiff
    • Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
    • Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
    • Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
    • Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
    • English Mastiff
    • Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
    • Indian Mastiff/Alangu
    • Kangal/Turkish Kangal
    • Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
    • Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
    • Pyrenean Mastiff
    • Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
    • Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
    • Tibetan Mastiff
    • Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
    • Dutch Pug
    • Japanese Pug
  • Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys”
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Cat breeds

  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

* Including mixed breeds

United also applied weather restrictions. To monitor the weather and assess the station capability of handling during extreme temperature or other operating conditions United may decline acceptance or alter the routing if temperatures are outside of a safe range.

No longer accept reservations to and from the following airports annually between May 1 and Sept. 30, due to high temperature restrictions

    • Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Palm Springs (PSP)
    • Phoenix (PHX)
    • Tucson (TUS)

Also the giant crates are no longer allowed. 
Effective June 18, 2018, United will no longer accept crates taller than 30” for PetSafe transport.

To read more about the improved PetSafe standards taking effect on June 18, click here.

Source United Airlines

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