Ya think! I can’t imagine anyone would trust their pet on United anyway these days.
United Airlines Suspends Program That Allows Pets to Travel with Cargo-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ United Airlines announced Tuesday that they will no longer be accepting new travel reservations through its PetSafe program. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Petsafe is the program that the airline utilized to book travel for pets that needed to travel with cargo, for reasons such as being over 20 pounds. The announcement comes after multiple incidents involving animals on United planes, two of which occurred with pets traveling through the PetSafe program. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In the statement announcing the news, United said it has suspended the program to perform a “thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The review is expected to be completed by May 1 of this year. Until the review is complete, PetSafe will not take new reservations, leaving owners to search for other options when it comes to their future travel plans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “We will honor any existing PetSafe reservations confirmed as of March 20, 2018, although we will assist any customer that wishes to cancel their reservation. In the meantime, we are proactively reaching out to customers with confirmed reservations between today and May 1 to inform them of this announcement and explain what this means for their travel,” United wrote in the announcement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Fortunately, the suspension does not affect owners traveling with pets in-cabin, even though United is also looking to make some changes to the pet policy following the death of Kokito, a French bulldog who died after being put in the overhead bin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “To prevent this from happening again, by April we will issue bright colored bag tags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets. This visual tag will further help our flight attendants identify pets in-cabin,” United spokesperson Maggie Schmerin said in a statement to PEOPLE.
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