Dog dies after airline forces it into overhead bin

Marco Green
March 13, 2018

A dog was found dead in a passenger's bag Monday after traveling in a United Airlines flight from Houston to NY.

A passenger's dog died on board a United Airlines flight Monday night. A flight attendant ordered the passenger to store the dog in her carrier, passenger June Lara wrote in a Facebook post.

Dogs waiting to be loaded into the cargo compartment of a plane.

According to Gremminger, who posted about the ordeal on Twitter, the dog's owners initially attempted to argue with the flight attendant but relented after being told the compartment would be safe for their dog, a pug named Papcito.

The flight from Houston to LaGuardia Airport, in NY, is normally just over three hours long. "The woman, crying in the airplane aisle on the floor", Gremminger said.

"[The flight attendants] insisted that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow", Lara wrote.

The dog's death comes almost one year after United became embroiled in a public relations crisis due to a viral video that showed a passenger being forcibly dragged off of one of its flights.

"I want to help this woman and her daughter", she tweeted. He said the trip marked his first and last United Airlines flight.

According to United's website, its policy for onboard pets is: "A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel". 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 Fox News, United spokesperson Maggie Schmerin said the airline is "thoroughly investigating" what happened so that it never happens again.

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