Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being placed in overhead bin

Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being placed in overhead bin

The bulldog died on the United Airlines flight from Houston Texas to NY on Monday.

In Monday's episode, the pet owner discovered her dog was dead shortly after the plane landed at La Guardia Airport.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", the passenger wrote.

"We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them", the airline said in a statement to NBC 5.

"They assured the safety of the family's pet", she said.

"At the end of the flight, the woman found her dog deceased".

BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday that United Airlines confirmed the dog's death and said it was "a tragic accident that should never have occurred".


I don't have a dog but my mom and dad do and I just can't imagine if this would ever happen.

However, Gremminger said a flight attendant came by, and told the woman she would need to put the bag in the overhead bin because it did not fit properly under the seat.

"The passenger adamantly pushed back, sharing verbally that her dog was in the bag".

"She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned".

"However, the flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water". I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. Last June, rapper SchoolBoy Q accused United of putting his pet dog on the wrong flight to the wrong city during a layover.

Company policy states pets should remain in kennels placed under the seat at all times. "My heart is broken", Maggie Gremminger tweeted. Last year, the carrier was sued by the owners of a giant rabbit that died on one of its flights. He said the airline refunded the tickets purchased for the dog owner and her two children and the fee that they paid to bring a pet on board - typically $200.

In 2017, United had the highest number of animal deaths of any US carriers, according to a Department of Transportation (DOT) report, with 18 animals killed and 13 injured in transport.

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