In the wake of multiple pet-related mishaps aboard United Airlines’ flights, the company has temporarily suspended the shipment of pets in the cargo area of the airplanes. According to the Chicago Tribune, flights already booked through the airline’s PetSafe program will be honored – but new reservations are not allowed.
The suspension does not impact pets who are flying with their owners in the cabin – though the most serious “mishap” involved the death of a French bulldog puppy who apparently suffocated to death in an overhead bin after a flight attendant demanded that the pet’s carrier be stowed there during a flight. Though United has claimed responsibility for the puppy’s death, they have indicated that the flight attendant in question did not “hear or understand” that there was a puppy inside of the carrier that was stowed in the overhead compartment.
Recently, a family’s senior German shepherd was accidentally loaded onto the wrong plane and shipped to Japan, and someone’s Great Dane wound up in Kansas City, rather than Japan. Both dogs eventually made it back to their intended destinations. Yet another snafu involved a dog being loaded onto the wrong plane which was bound for St. Louis, instead of Akron, Ohio. The airline realized the mistake and diverted the entire flight.
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Read more about United Airline’s voluntary suspension of the PetSafe program here.
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