United Reverses Discriminatory Dog Breed Ban
Back in March we told you about United Airlines’ new policy that discriminated against certain breeds of dogs. Today, we are happy to report that United has revised their policy.
The official new policy states that United will accept the following breeds of dogs, or mixes of these breeds, once they have reached either six months of age or 20 pounds in weight (whichever comes first) only in a reinforced crate meeting International Air Transport Association (IATA) Container Requirement #82.
Determination of breed, age or weight will be confirmed by the animal’s Health Certificate, which is to be dated within 10 days of transport. Additionally, United reserves the right to refuse any animal that displays aggression or viciousness.
American Staffordshire Terriers
Ca de Bou
Perro de Presa Canario
Pit Bull Terriers
Tosa (or Tosa Ken)
IATA Container Requirement #82 states that the container or crate must be constructed of wood, metal, synthetic materials, weld mesh or wire mesh. Additional design principles regarding frame, sides, floor, roof and doors also apply. No portion of the crate may be plastic. The crate door must be made of heavy wire mesh, metal or reinforced wood and should have a secure means of fastening that cannot be opened accidentally.
United’s change of heart seems to be the result of public outcry that classified the ban as “canine profiling.” One of the first people affected, Jessie Huart started a Change.org petition when her 10-year-old pit bull was banned from United’s flights. The petition received more than 45,000 signatures and Huart says, “I am thrilled that United listened to their customers and over 45,000 petition signers and changed their pet restriction policy. This change is a victory for responsible dog owners everywhere at a time when many are facing breed discrimination.”
As for the condition that these breeds travel in more secure carriers, Huart says, “All dogs, regardless of breed, should be able to fly safely. The new requirement of reinforced crates improves the safety of the dogs and is something United should consider extending to all large dogs.”