Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Dog dies after being stored in overhead bin during United Airlines flight

Dog dies after being stored in overhead bin during United Airlines flight

A flight attendant on United flight 1284 from Houston to NY insisted that the pet owner put the animal in the overhead compartment.

A woman traveling with a teenage girl and an infant boarded Flight 1284 from Houston to NY. yesterday (March 12) with a 10-month-old French bulldog inside a TSA-approved carrier, according to fellow passenger Maggie Gremminger, who was sitting behind them. Maggie wrote that though they heard the dog barking during the flight, "we didn't know it was barking a cry for help".

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.

Over the past year, a famous giant rabbit and several other dogs have also died on United Airlines flights, People reported.

"I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky - who doesn't when they get to sit near a puppy?" They lost their dog because of an (at) united flight attendant. United's website says that pets that come on a plane must remain under the seat in front of the customer throughout the flight.

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"They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", passenger June Lara wrote.

The incident went down on a United flight from Houston to New York City. The flight was almost 4 and half hours.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", the company said in a statement.

Last year, 18 animals died while being transported on United - there were six cases on all other US carriers combined, according to the Department of Transportation. A spokesperson could not immediately say if anyone has been disciplined in the incident. "We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them", she said.

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