Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

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Military families moving from Guam to the U.S. mainland next month may have to leave their four-legged best friends behind following United Airlines' decision to suspend its pet transportation program, a report says.

Two days later, another United flight traveling from Newark to St. Louis made an unplanned landing in OH after crew members realized a dog meant to do to Akron had been mistakenly been loaded onto the craft's cargo.

However, the airline added that it is also reviewing this service.

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United is the only carrier flying directly between the island and the mainland US, according to families there, some of whom took to social media Wednesday to say they felt blindsided by United's announcement.

Munoz says United is taking steps to protect pets on its flights.

The airline said it would complete the review by May 1.

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The carrier's move does not impact customers bringing pets in the cabin like the French bulldog that died last week after a flight attendant ordered its owner to store a carrier holding the 10-month puppy in the overhead bin.

Amber Fake, a Navy spouse living on Guam, told Stars and Stripes that United's decision is "very disheartening and worrisome for myself and many other military families". A similar incident ended in the deaths of seven puppies in 2010.

"In just the last few weeks, one dog died in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight and two others were misplaced by that airline, which demonstrates exactly why PETA has spent years calling on all airlines to join JetBlue and Southwest in banning live animals from the cargo holds of passenger planes". The airline is reportedly the only carrier making direct flights from Guam to the USA mainland.

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Munoz acknowledged the carrier's shortcomings after a bruising week of public-relations fiascoes involving animals.

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