A U.S. Coast Guardsman will need $31,000 to fly her dog back home to Washington D.C. from Yokota Air Base in Japan. The portly 221-pound English mastiff can’t fly home via United Airlines since they changed their policy after the death of a dog mistakenly stowed in an overhead compartment by an airline attendant.
According to Stars and Stripes, the pooch named George Jefferson, who belongs to Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer McKay, was originally shipped to Japan by United air cargo service at the cost of $3,200. But now the temporary suspension of flying with pets by the airline is under review and is not expected to be completed until May 1. The Air Force Air Mobility Command does not transport pets and carriers with a combined weight of more than 150 pounds.
“I’m a single-parent service member just trying to get home to the U.S. with my dog and my son,” McKay stated. “The alternative options to do this are financially unreasonable, but my dog is my family and I won’t leave him behind.”
Unfortunately, George weighs too much to fly on other airlines and the only one that could work for the family is All Nippon Airways at a cost of $31,000. Many airlines don’t transport English mastiffs because of their size.
McKay starts a new assignment in Washington D.C. in June.
Some things just don’t seem fair especially for the men and women who serve our country.
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