Dog dies after United flight attendant forces it into overhead bin

Dog dies after United flight attendant forces it into overhead bin

Dog dies after United flight attendant forces it into overhead bin

Another passenger, Maggie Gremminger, told People a flight attendant told the pet owner to move the carrier her dog was in.

Pets are family. How could a trained flight attendant instruct a passenger to place her dog in that bin. This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them.

"There was some back-and-forth before finally the flight attendant convinced her to move the carrier to the bin above", Gremminger told BuzzFeed News.

Passengers say they heard barking during the flight and didn't know that the dog had died until the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport.

The owner had boarded United Flight 1284, from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to NY, on Monday, with her puppy in its carrier.

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The airline says it's "thoroughly investigating" to prevent a situation like this from happening again.

The airline's policy states that all animals traveling inside the cabin should be in a carrier and 'fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times'.

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

Passenger Maggie Gremminger, who said she was seating behind the woman with the dog, gave her account of what happened.

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

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

On Tuesday evening, a man named Brayan Castano told BuzzFeed his puppy Kokito was the dog on the flight.

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

This is just the latest in a string of troubling episodes for United when it comes to transporting pets.

The cause of the puppy's death was not immediately known, but United Airlines has offered to pay for a necropsy, Mr Hobart said. Of 40 total incidents involving animal loss, injury or death in 2017, 18 incidents involved an animal's death on United Airlines.

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United says it's special "PetSafe" facilities are meant to help safely transport animals that are not allowed to travel in the cabin of the aircraft with their owners.

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