United Airlines has decided that pit bull dogs aren't too dangerous to fly. This is wonderful news for breeders and travelers who depend on air travel to get their dogs to destinations around the world.
In the dog show circuit, especially for American Bully owners who show their dogs with the American Bully Kennel Club, it isn't uncommon for dog owners to drive many hours to dog shows since finding a reputable and affordable airline that will transport pitbull-like dogs is difficult. Hopefully, the ban lift from United Airlines will make it much easier and safer for show American Bullies and pits to make it to shows and other functions.
While the ban lift allows pits to fly, it still comes with restrictions. Pits, as well as eight other breeds including the dogo Argentino, presa canario and cane corso, will have to fly in reinforced crates. These crates can't have any plastic parts, must be secure and must have safety measures that prevent the door from accidentally opening. This means that United is still profiling these nine breeds to some extent, but at least it isn't with an outright ban any longer.
It seems like large companies are starting to actually pay attention to what consumers want. This change in United Airlines policy came as a result of an online petition started by Jessie Huart, a pitbull owner who started the petition on Change.org after the airline refused to fly her 10-year-old pit. With almost 46,000 signatures collected, it is no wonder why United lifted the ban.
This ban lift is a step in the right direction for these breeds and their owners; however, it is vitally important that all dog owners act responsibly. Socialization and proper training are necessary for all dogs, especially pit bulls.