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United Suspends Pet Cargo Flights After Recent ProblemsUnited Airlines said it’s suspending a program that transports pets in cargo holds. It will stop accepting new reservations for its PetSafe program, though it will honor any reservations made through March 20, the airline said. (denver.cbslocal.com) More...
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So back in the summer of 2017 I was in Houston on a connecting United flight. I watched a United Pet safe van drop off a dog and leave it on the hot tarmac for 22 minutes. The temp outside was 106F. Can you imagine how hot it was that day for the dog inside the crate. This is nothing new for United!
That's why, when I PCSd back to Texas from Germany, I used a dedicate pet transport service. They still fly on commercial carriers, but the transport service takes the animal to the aircraft, and meets them a the destination airport, in an air conditioned vehicle. It was a bit expensive, but well worth it.
Ever seen the video...United Breaks Guitars”? Check it out!
What I mean is “it ain’t working”. Get out of the dog (pet) business and into the people business. Haul inert freight in the holds where problems don’t make headlines and make people go bezerk.
I’m glad they are doing a full review and hopefully they will make the program better for both the pets safety and comfort and the owners and breeders shipping the pets. They have noticed a issue and are trying to fix the problem.