United Airlines Suspends Pet Travel Program

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A wave of negative publicity is forcing United Airlines to suspend new bookings for cargo-hold pets. The airline will conduct a review of the business of transporting animals in the cargo holds of its aircraft after several negative incidents, including the death of a puppy in a plane's overhead bin. Several dogs have also been sent to the wrong destinations.

The review is to be completed by May 1st and does not impact passengers' ability to travel with pets in the cabin. Similarly, if you’ve already booked your trip with your animal…your reservation will be honored through March 20. The airline says that no new animals will be booked until the review is complete. And if you want to rebook, they’ll help you with that, too.

Delta is also catching heat for a dog that was supposed to have a straight shot from Virginia to Boise, Idaho over the weekend. Instead, he got shipped around the country in a journey that lasted more than 36 hours.

Source: The Verge

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