If you want to fly with your puppy, then you will not be able to fly with United Airlines. United Airlines recently stated that it will not allow animals that are under four months-old to fly. They also stated that they will be banning all emotional support animals on flights that are eight hours or longer.
The policy went into effect on January 7, 2019. Delta Airlines made this same change a few weeks ago. Charles Hobart is the spokesman for United Airlines. He stated that the reason puppies and kittens are banned from flying is because young animals typically are not vaccinated.
Charles also stated that many of these animals have behavioral issues. The animals have gotten loose, urinated and defecated in the airports and airplanes. United Airlines will not allow any emotional support animals to fly on the plane except for dogs and cats. Charles said that this will not affect most people because dogs and cats are the main emotional support animals.
He also said that the change was made to accommodate people with disabilities. It was also made to make sure that passengers and staff members are protected. If you want to fly with a dog or cat, then you will have to let the airline know at least 48 hours ahead of time. You will also need to have documentation from a veterinarian and medical professional. The documentation will have to show that the animal is not disruptive.
United Airlines was heavily criticized last year when a dog died after it was stuffed in an overhead bin. The airline has teamed up with American Humane to make sure that animals are able to fly safely. United Airlines has also started the Petsafe program. They stated that they prioritize the well-being and safety of all pets.