Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

The American airline issued an apology after a fellow passenger on a flight yesterday from Houston, Texas to New York City's Laguardia airport tweeted her heartbreak at what she had witnessed on board.

The dog died by the end of the flight.

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. In August of previous year, a dog passed away in a plane's cargo hold while the flight was delayed on the tarmac for two hours, moths after the death of a giant rabbit following a United flight from London to Iowa in April. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body.

"The flight attendant told the passenger that her bag was blocking part of the aisle".

"The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times", the policy reads.

"Gremminger stated that the flight attendant denied knowing that a dog was inside the carrier, but that another passenger said he heard the flight attendant say, 'You need to put your dog up here'".

"There was some back and forth before finally the flight attendant convinced her to move the carrier to the bin above", she said. "They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow".

He said the puppy was traveling with his wife Catalina and their two kids back home to NY from a visit with him in Houston, where he is now working.

United Airlines confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News, calling it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred." .

United Airlines says it assumes full responsibility for the dog's death.

"They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", passenger June Lara wrote. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", the statement said.

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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