Monday, 19 March, 2018

Dog dies after flight attendant forces it into overhead bin

Airline that killed puppy flew another dog to Japan instead of Kansas United Airlines flies pet dog to Japan by mistake - after puppy died on earlier flight
Nellie Chapman | 14 March, 2018, 09:33

Lara said he was seated next to a family who had their ten-month-old French Bulldog on the flight.

United said Tuesday that it took full responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight from Houston to NY. Gremminger posted that she saw a flight attendant tell the dog's owner to put the pup in the overhead compartment.

"It was clearly a dog and while the customer was adamant about leaving it under the seat, the attendant pushed her to do so", Gremminger said in a tweet.

"The passenger adamantly refused but the flight attendant went on with the instruction", Ms Gremminger wrote on Twitter. The dog remained in the bin for the three-hour flight and was not given any water, according to Lara. "Pets are family", Gremminger said. "Her daughter was also crying", she said.

The spokesperson added they would be "thoroughly investigating" the incident to ensure it would not happen again.

United Airlines has confirmed a passenger's 10-month-old puppy died after suffocating in an overhead bin on a flight. United requires that all in-cabin pets "be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel".

Last August, Lulu, a King Charles spaniel, died in the cargo hold of a United Airlines jet.

For takeoff and over the following 30 minutes, stunned passengers reportedly listened to the bulldog bark and whine from within the overhead bin. This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them.

And now, United has to contend with another animal-related tragedy in flight.

Even though the animal was reportedly in an approved carrier, which is created to be stowed under the seat in front of a passenger, it was kept in the overhead space designed for luggage for the duration of the flight.

An emotional support peacock that was denied entry on a United flight shows the growing problem of pets on planes.

According to passengers, the flight attendant informed the owner of the dog, identified as 'Papacito, ' to place him in the compartment for the entire duration of the flight.

"United's in-cabin pet policy allows for domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits, and household birds to travel on most flights within the USA for a cost", said travel blogger Brian Kelly, who often brings his dog on planes.