United Airlines Bans a TON of Dog Breeds From Future Flights

Sometimes, airports and pets just don’t mix. And it’s no secret that United Airlines has had a rough couple of years in the travel business, not to mention, well, some ruff situations, too. Because of their pooch-related mishaps, United Airlines banned a slew of dog breeds to be boarded into the cargo section of the plane, as reported by People Pets.



The updates, which were made to United Airlines’ PetSafe policies (which only apply to animals in the cargo and not service animals brought on board), were designed in an effort to keep both the animals’ and passengers’ safety front of mind. Whereas United used to allow all kinds of furry and feathered friends on board–geese, for example, have flown the airline–now only cats and dogs will be allowed to travel in the cargo section. What’s more, it’s not like any dog ever can be kenneled and boarded, rather, United Airlines released a comprehensive list, including several bulldog breeds, mastiffs, and several toy breeds, that will not be allowed under the plane. For example, short- or snub-nosed dogs like pugs and French bulldogs will no longer be allowed under the plane due to “concern for higher, adverse health risks,” according to United Airlines’ website.


However, if you’re looking to get any soon-banned animals on a United Flight anytime soon, now’s your chance: The rules go into effect on June 18. What’s more, this summer, United won’t allow animals to travel to any of the following four airports due to extreme temperatures and heat: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, McCarran International Airport, Palm Springs International Airport, and Tucson International Airport. Service, according to a rep, will pick back up for pups and cats in September.


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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)

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