Puppy dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Marco Green
March 14, 2018

A dog died on a Unite Airlines flight Monday after a flight attendant forced a passenger to put the pet in an overhead bin.

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

Passenger Maggie Gremminger posted a photo on Twitter of the dog's owner and children after the flight.

"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'".

At least one flight attendant seemed unaware that a live animal was in the carrier, People reported.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", Lara wrote. "There was no movement as his family called his name".

"I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky - who doesn't when they get to sit near a puppy?" I am heart broken right now.

United has suffered a string of incidents that generated bad publicity in the past two years, including the violent removal of a passenger from a United Express plane to make room for a crew member, and the death of a giant rabbit - its Iowa owners sued the airline, which they said cremated the animal to destroy evidence about the cause of death. I didn't question the flight attendant but I could have.

United Airlines confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News, calling it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred." . "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", the statement said.

The cause of the dog's death was not immediately known. "Maybe they have air ventilation in there that I didn't know about".

'They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow. "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed".

Today, I boarded my last United Airlines flight.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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