United Airlines Temporarily Suspends Transporting Pets in Cargo Holds

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United Airlines has boasted about its special PetSafe animal transport facility at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago - but the company is now temporarily suspending its PetSafe program in the wake of recent high-profile incidents involving dogs that were shipped to the wrong location.

Kokito, a 10-month old French bulldog, died last week after a flight attendant insisted that the carrier in which he was being transported be stowed in an overhead bin for the duration of the four-hour flight.

United did not give a date when it would resume the PetSafe transport program, but the carrier said it expects to complete its review by May 1.

Although there were no animal-related disturbances on the vast majority of United flights, Hobart said, the airline wants to ensure that all pets travel safely and without incident. Two days later, another flight made an unplanned landing in OH because it was carrying a dog put on the wrong plane. Customers who want to cancel or rebook pets' travel during the review will be allowed to.

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The suspension will not affect pets that travel in an aircraft's cabin.

Following a dog's death in an overhead bin, United Airlines sends a passenger's dog to Japan.

In addition to conducting a review, United recently updated its guidelines for dogs traveling in bags. The dog was being transported as part of United's PetSafe program, designated for animals that can not be brought into the cabin inside a carrier, and must instead travel in the cargo hold.

"We are deeply committed to the safety and comfort of the animals and pets in our care", United said in a statement.

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The airline carries more animals in cargo than any other USA carrier - about 138,000 a year ago.

"It's not like other [outside the continental United States] stations where multiple airlines fly out, like Japan or Germany", she said. A new app called Digi-Pet that debuted in Dallas, tracks key metrics like temperature and oxygen levels through sensors attached to the kennel.

United Airlines is putting dog-shipping on hold while it investigates a series of mishaps.

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