United Lifts Ban On Shipping Dogs As Baggage

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has learned that as of February 15, 2003 United Airlines will...

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has learned that as of February 15, 2003 United Airlines will eliminate the restrictions against shipment of dogs that were imposed in June of 2000, and again allow them to be shipped as either excess baggage, cargo or carry-on.

"The many letters written to United by dedicated fanciers played a significant role in prompting United's decision," said Noreen Baxter, AKC's VP of Public Education and Legislation. "We are extremely pleased with this turnaround. The ability to travel with their dogs is crucial for both pet owners and fanciers."

"The AKC Canine Legislation department staff has worked tirelessly to reverse the embargo since it was imposed three years ago," said Patti Strand, member of the AKC Board of Directors. "The work of our contacts in Washington and strong opposition against these restrictions from the fancy has brought about a very positive action by United Airlines."