Starting March 3, United Airlines and its charter jets will change the way they transport your pet. And although the airline’s fees for transporting animals are in line with what other carriers charge, the change could end up costing pet owners thousands of dollars. The change in policy means pets will now be transported as cargo rather than checked luggage. Some military families living overseas are outraged by a new United Airlines policy that will require pets that can’t fly in the cabin to travel as cargo.
Why is this happening? Well it comes from a merger that was let through by US Government from the mega-airlines and this is what happens when two big corporations get together. This pet transport program is not new though it was already established on Continental known as “PetSafe.” This means your your loved pets can no longer go on board for the $250 it normally costs from U.S. destinations and some international travel. Military families may end up paying up to $1,500 having their pets flying as cargo. There are already several petitions online to get this policy reversed.