Pit Bulls Banned from United Airlines

Pit Bulls Banned from United Airlines

Although activists seems to be making progress in preventing or overturning community breed restrictions that target pit bulls, the skies of United Airlines just got a little less friendly for pit bull families. United Airlines announced nine dog breeds that it is banning from its flights, and of course, one of those breeds is the pit bull. 

 

The reason for the ban seems to be that several dogs escaped from their kennels while on planes, panicked, and caused damage, including chewing electrical wiring. Yes, this is a dangerous situation, because the damage could cause safety issues. I agree that measures should be taken. But to ban breeds? I’m not sure that makes sense. 

 

It would seem to make more sense to ensure that the dogs’ kennels were sufficiently strong and incapable of being opened by the crated dog. If a kennel isn’t sturdy enough and well-designed, any dog could escape, panic and cause damage. At an indoor dog agility event, one of my Shelties managed to open a canvas kennel by unzipping it, and she escaped. The fault wasn’t with the dog. It was my fault putting her in a crate she could escape from. Now I use a metal crate that she can’t get out of. Fortunately, the agility organization didn’t decide to ban all Shelties from agility trials because one got loose! 

 

What are your thoughts on United Airlines breed ban? Do you feel this is the best way for the airline to protect the safety of its customers and staff?