United is also limiting emotional-support animals to dogs and cats, which will be banned on flights longer than eight hours.

“We have seen increases in on-board incidents on longer flights involving these animals, many of which are unaccustomed to spending an extended amount of time in the cabin of an aircraft,” United said in a statement.

Additionally, only dogs, cats and miniature horses will be allowed on board as service animals.

The changes take effect on Jan. 7, but United said it would honor reservations made by Jan. 3 with the old rules.


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