Dog dies on flight after owner told to put in overhead bin

Not In Kansas Anymore: United Airlines Mix-Up Sends German Shepherd To Japan

A dog died after a United flight attendant forced a passenger to put the puppy in its carrier into an overhead bin, prompting a swift apology from the airline-which appears to be getting better at saying sorry.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel".

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

The woman had the dog, a black French bulldog, with her in a standard pet carrier.

Passengers reportedly heard the dog barking during the flight and found out that the dog died when the flight was over. The attendant later said she did not know the dog was in the bag.

A passenger boarded the flight with the dog inside a TSA-compliant pet carrier. She was holding her dog and rocking back and forth. "She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned", Gremminger tweeted. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body.

Courtesy of CNN Newsource
Courtesy of CNN Newsource

A United spokesman addressed the incident in a statement to The Points Guy: "This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin".

The flight attendant, Gremminger said, seemed shaken by the incident as well.

The Humane Society of the USA says air travel can be risky for pets and especially unsafe for brachycephalic breeds - such as pugs or bulldogs, whose short nasal passages make them vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", United said in a statement. 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. "She made sure the flight attendant understood there was her dog and when the flight attendant still pushed her".

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

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


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