United Airlines joins other major U.S airlines banning Emotional Support Animals (ESA) on airlines. So far American Airlines, Delta Air and Alaska Airlines have similar policies.
Like Alaska Airlines, they’ll allow free travel for previous bookings made by Jan 11 until Feb 28. According to an announcement on Friday, the new policy will take effect on Monday. The airline will only allow trained service dogs in the cabin without a carrier.
Companion owners must provide all necessary government-approved documents at least 48 hours before departure. United may allow other animals in the cabin hold or in carriers that can fit under a seat in-cabin. However, owners will part with $125 per flight for the service and an additional $125 service charge with each stopover of over four hours within the U.S or over 24 hours outside of the U.S.