United Airlines Cargo Restrictions Lifted in CLE and ORD; Extended in IAD

From United Airlines today:


Shipping Pets


The late winter blizzard that affected the Upper Midwest region of the U.S. Tuesday has moved east, and the storm’s most significant impact is now being felt in the Mid-Atlantic region – including United’s hub at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).  United Cargo’s restrictions on the transfer of certain products and commodities through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport CLE and Chicago O’hare International Airport ORD have been lifted. The restriction on transfers through IAD remains in effect until 10:00a.m. Thursday, March 7.


Details of the restriction: United Cargo is restricting the transferof the following products, services and commodities: oEXP, PetSafe, QuickPak, QuickPak International, TempControl, UASecure, TrustUA, all perishable shipments and domestic and international mail on flights.


This transfer restriction is effective for flights scheduled to depart or arrive IAD from 00:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 6 through 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7. Please note that United Cargo will continue to accept non-perishable GEN shipments transferring through IAD during the period. We will also continue to accept shipments originating in or destined toIAD, and we will transport these shipments on operating flights.


We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this weather event. We will issue updates as the situation evolves. Please feel free to contact our Cargo Customer Service Centers for the latest news or alternative routing options.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. As always, United Cargo values your support and appreciates your business.


United Airlines Changes Pet Shipping Policies

United Airlines Changes Pet Shipping Policies

Dog Transportation

United Airlines Boeing 777–200 taking off at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the “Battleship Grey” livery, used 1993–2004 and commonly seen well into 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May 10, 2012 —The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), the worldwide network of professional pet shippers, has successfully lobbied United Airlines to accept pit bulls and other breeds that are considered dangerous in cargo areas.  United Airlines will now accept the following breeds, as long as they are six months and older, weigh more than 20 pounds and adhere to the proper kennel regulations:

“In the right crates, these dogs are no risk to people involved in the handling as well as passengers traveling on the same plane,” says Marcel Brozius, ACE Pet Moving GmbH, member of IPATA’s Board of Directors and the IPATA member who advocated for this change. “Since many airlines do not accept pit bulls and others, it can be extremely difficult for families needing to relocate. With this recent change to United’s policy, families now have more options.”

Many airlines across the globe do not accept these breeds because they can chew through their crates and escape. United has instituted new crate regulations which will safely and comfortable contain these breeds of dogs. The new crate restrictions, which were suggested by IPATA, include:

  • No plastic crates are permitted.
  • Crates must meet the Air Transport Association’s Container Requirement #82.
  • The crate frame must be made from solid wood or metal parts bolted together.
  • If the total weight of the crate plus animal exceeds 132 pounds, metal bracing must be added to the frame.

AirVets Pet Relocation is a member of IPATA, a worldwide network of Pet Shipping Experts. Pet shippers have expertise dealing with airlines, flight regulations, flight container requirements, pickup and delivery arrangements, quarantine, boarding, import and export arrangements and proper identification.

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