Dog dies after airline forces it into overhead bin
Dog dies after airline forces it into overhead bin
United Airlines has apologised and taken responsibility for the incident
13 March, 2018, 23:50
- United Airlinesflight attendants apparently made a traveler put her dog and its TSA-compliant pet carrier into the overhead bin for a flight from Houston to New York City Monday night, according to some passengers.
"I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky - who doesn't when they get to sit near a puppy?"
"Tonight I was on a plane where I witnessed a @united flight attendant instruct a passenger to place her dog carrier (with dog) in the overhead compartment".
Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on the plane, told People Magazine that the pet owner was travelling with a young girl and a baby.
'They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow.
Passenger Maggie Gremminger told aviation website One Mile at a Time that the pet owner "adamantly pushed back" on the flight attendant's demand for the dog to go in the overhead compartment before complying.
Another passenger, June Lara, wrote in a public Facebook post of the moment it was clear the dog had died.
The policy goes on to state that "the kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times".
By the end of the flight, the dog was dead.
Upon landing, Lara said the dog was unresponsive. The flight was almost 4 and half hours.
'We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them.
In a statement to Newsweek, United Airlines said it took "full responsibility" for the pug's death and are investigating. A spokesperson could not immediately say if anyone has been disciplined in the incident.
The Department of Transportation lists United as having the highest rate of airline reports on incidents involving loss, injury or death of animals during air transportation.
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