You can't put pets in the hold if you're flying with United anytime soon

It follows a series of mishaps – including one that saw a dog die.
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What's happening?

United Airlines is suspending pets from traveling in cargo holds via its PetSafe program as it conducts a review following several recent mishaps.

In its statement, United said it's "conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets."

United flies to six U.S. destinations from MSP Airport: Chicago, Houston, Newark, Denver, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Why is it doing this?

Passengers will still be able to bring their pets in the main cabin, which comes despite the main controversy facing United came last week, when a pet dog died after its owners were told to stow it in the overhead bins.

United says it's addressed this issue, because in April it will introduce bright colored bag tags to better identify pets traveling in cabin.

But it's also had problems with shipping animals in its cargo area, with Time reporting it last week accidentally sent a dog to Japan instead of its destination ... in Kansas.

Then on Thursday, a plane had to be diverted en route to St. Louis when it emerged a dog on the flight should have been put on a different plane to Akron, Ohio, Gizmodo reports.

The suspension on animal-shipping will be in place until its review is over, which is expected to be finished by May 1.

"We will honor any existing PetSafe reservations confirmed as of March 20, 2018, although we will assist any customer that wishes to cancel their reservation," it said.

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