United suspends pet cargo flights

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FILE – In this March 15, 2017, file photo, United Airlines jets sit on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in New York. A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin. United said Tuesday, March 13, 2018, that it took […]

United Airlines said it’s suspending a program for transporting pets in cargo holds.

The airline said it will stop accepting new reservations for its PetSafe program, though it will honor any reservations made through March 20, the airline said.

Passengers can still carry small pets with them in carry-on luggage, the airline said.

The suspension comes as United reviews its pet transport policies, a process that should be completed by May 1, according to the airline.

This follows some recent incidents in which the airlines’ handling of animals has been called into question, including a small dog that died on a United flight.

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