United Airlines’ New Pet Policy, PetSafe, Brings Changes & Bans Dog Breeds

Due to the recent events involving United Airlines and their pet passengers, United has reassessed their pet policy. After consulting with American Humane to create a safer environment for pets, United announced its new pet policy plan, “PetSafe,” which will go into effect today, June 182018.

An Overview of United Airlines’ “PetSafe” Policy

The following animals will no longer be allowed to fly in cargo:

  • Brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs
  • Strong-jawed breeds
  • Animals other than cats and dogs
  1. Pets will not be permitted in the cargo hold to and from Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Phoenix, and Tucson between May and September due to the extreme temperatures.
  2. Cats and dogs can no longer fly to distant destinations such as India and Australia.
  3. Crates at airport facilities will no longer be sold or provided by United Airlines and cannot be taller than 30 inches.
  4. Pet Reservations must be made at least five days before departure.
  5. You will now be required to obtain health certificates and acknowledgment forms for your pet before you fly. Health certificates and acknowledgment forms will now be required before pets fly.

In addition to these new policies, many breeds are now banned from flying in the cargo hold altogether. For a complete list, see below:

Dog Breeds Banned from Cargo:

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier/”Amstaff”
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
    • American Bulldog
    • English Bulldog
    • French Bulldog
    • Old English Bulldogges
    • Shorty Bulldogs
    • Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff
    • American Mastiff
    • Boerboel/South African Mastiff
    • Bullmastiff
    • Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
    • Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
    • Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
    • Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
    • English Mastiff
    • Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
    • Indian Mastiff/Alangu
    • Kangal/Turkish Kangal
    • Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
    • Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
    • Pyrenean Mastiff
    • Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
    • Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
    • Tibetan Mastiff
    • Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
    • Dutch Pug
    • Japanese Pug
  • Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier/”Staffys”
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Cat Breeds Banned from Cargo:

  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

Although these new regulations make it impossible for certain breeds to fly with United at all, this new “PetSafe” policy is a step in the right direction when it comes to pet airplane safety.

If you are taking off with your furry friend soon, be sure to also check out our guide on pet flight safety here! The 4Paws family strives to keep you up-to-date on everything 4-legged in the hopes of protecting your furry friends. A 4Paws insurance plan can help protect your furry babies and your wallet in case of accident or illness, so head to our website for a free quote today.