Continental/United airline has announced that beginning March 2012, they will NO LONGER allow pets to be considered as excess baggage from Japan and other areas within the Pacific Region, but will have to be transported as CARGO, which will cost from $1400-$4000 PER PET!!! Military families who have already sacrificed so much to defend our Country will now likely have no choice but to leave their beloved fury family members behind, permanently. There are so many difficult issues Military families have to endure, it is un-conscienable that Continental and United Airlines will increase the fares for military families to transport their pets to THOUSANDS of dollars, PER PET! When a Military family relocates on orders, the Military arranges the flights for the family on the airline with the lowest passenger fare, and most often times travel within the Pacific region is with Continental/United airline, who are also in the process of merging to become the largest airline company in the industry. If the family has a pet, they are responsible for all fees and fares to transport that pet.
On United's Facebook they claim "Our PetSafe program is industry-leading because of the high standards we set for flying pets. Due to Japanese law anyone shipping their pets from Japan pays our PetSafe rate and a 3rd party forwarder at market rates. We realize this impacts military families, and are evaluating our pricing from Okinawa. We encourage anyone shipping an animal from Japan to check IPATA.org for the best 3rd party forwarder rates."
They are blaming Japanese law? REALLY!?! Don't let Continental/United take advantage of our Military families, as well as the civilians who have adopted a furry family member! This is outrageous and they need to hear us LOUD AND CLEAR!! It would be cheaper for me to buy tickets to fly around the world than to ship my pets back to the Mainland!
Please email United and tell them how you feel at: http://faq.ua2go.com/display/4/kb/atr/index.aspx?tab=atr&r=0.1378647
also visit their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/unitedairlines?sk=info
Please sign this petition and STOP! them from gouging our Military families while they are DEFENDING YOUR SKIES!!!
DELTA, HERE WE COME!!!!!