United to stop carrying animals in cargo compartments temporarily

United to stop carrying animals in cargo compartments temporarily

United did not give a date when it would resume the PetSafe transport program, but the carrier said it expects to complete its review by May 1. The dog was being transported as part of United's PetSafe program, designated for animals that can not be brought into the cabin inside a carrier, and must instead travel in the cargo hold.

United had the worst rate of pet deaths in 2017 of any US airline, according to the Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report.

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"We are deeply committed to the safety and comfort of the animals and pets in our care", United wrote in a blog post, adding that the review will "make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets". United said that the flight attendant didn't know the dog was in the bag. It will honor PetSafe reservations confirmed as of March 20, 2018, the airline said. Incidents include loss, injury and death of animals. Delta and American Airlines had just four combined.

United Airlines is evaluating the way it handles pets after a string of animal-related mishaps last week - including one incident in which a puppy died in an aircraft's overhead bin. "This visual tag will further help our flight attendants identify pets in-cabin", a United spokesperson told ATW March 14. See NerdWallet's guides for flying with dogs or cats. The Humane Society of the United States generally recommends against having your pet fly in the cargo compartment. In 2017, 1.3 out of every 10,000 animals the carrier transported in cargo holds died, according to the Transportation Department, compared with 0.47 out of every 10,000 across all airlines that reported data. And not all airlines will transport dogs as cargo: Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways, for example, offer only in-cabin flights, for small dogs and cats.

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Irgo the German shephard was flying as cargo from Portland to Kansas City when a mix-up sent him to Japan. That is partly due to an animal-transportation business it inherited from Continental Airlines, when the two merged in 2010.

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