by The Associated Press | May 02, 2018
United Airlines plans to resume shipping pets as cargo in July but will ban animals such as snub-nosed dogs that face bigger health risks during flights. The airline said Tuesday it will only accept dogs and cats. It will ban 25 breeds including pit bulls, boxers, bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats. The changes don't affect pets in the cabin.
 
United stopped its pet-shipping business in March after several dogs were put on wrong flights. A French bulldog died after a flight attendant told its owner to put its carrier in an overhead bin, but the puppy was not part of the cargo program.
 
As previously reported by the AP, United Airlines said the flight attendant who ordered a passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin didn't know there was a dog inside, but the airline's account was contradicted by the family that owned the French bulldog, and also by other passengers on that flight in March. Other passengers backed up the family's account on Twitter and Facebook. United later acknowledged that the customer had said there was a dog in the carrier. "However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin," the airline said in a statement. United declined to identify the employee.
 
In 2017, 18 animals died on United, three-fourths of all such deaths on U.S. airlines. United cited its willingness to carry riskier breeds barred from other airlines.