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Published: 5/10/2012

United Airlines relaxes pet-restriction policy

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

CHICAGO -- United Airlines, in response to customer feedback that included an online petition, has changed its pet-restriction policy.

It no longer bans nine breeds of dogs from being transported on United flights.

United, which merged with Continental Airlines, adopted Continental's PetSafe program on March 3. It has a number of perks for flying dogs and cats.

But the program also used what critics called "canine profiling," restricting dogs from flying on United flights based solely on their breed -- a restriction the former United Airlines didn't have.

The nine restricted breeds were: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, ca de bou, cane corso, dogo Argentino, fila Brasileiro, perro de presa canario, presa canario, and tosa (or tosa ken).



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