United will fly barred pets home if they originally sent them overseas
Some U.S. military families moving back to the States from the Pacific may be able to fly United Airlines with their pets, regardless of the carrier’s stricter pet travel rules that ban some 25 breeds of dogs and cats starting next month.
United has made an exception for military pets overseas needing a ride back home — as long as they used United to get overseas and it’s part of a PCS move. It’s not clear, however, whether the exception applies to all military families in other regions of the world.
U.S. Forces Japan said on Facebook Saturday that servicemembers who traveled on military orders to Japan with their pets on United Airlines “will now be eligible to fly back to the United States using the United PetSafe program, regardless of new restrictions,” adding it was “effective today.”
USFJ officials said that there would be a three-week halt in new pet reservations from June 18 to July 8, but after that, the carrier will start transporting pets eligible under United’s exception for military families.
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