Dog Placed on Wrong Plane Causes Diverted Flight

Marco Green
March 19, 2018

And so the plane followed the dog's itinerary.

The 10-year-old pup was supposed to have flown with his family on a United Airlines flight from OR to Kansas, but got mixed up with another dog and headed to Japan instead.

The small dog's owner boarded the flight with two children, one of whom was a baby, and the animal who was traveling in a pet carrier. The flight would have normally taken two hours. United Airlines has received a lot of flak for its ineptitude in handling affairs decisively without incident.

The news of Irgo's unplanned odyssey comes as United admits another dog died after a flight attendant forced its owners to put the dog in an overhead bin on a flight from Houston to NY.

"This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath", passenger June Lara wrote on Facebook after the incident.

United Airlines have an extremely poor record with animal welfare. Usually, pets that are flown in-cabin are kept underneath the seat in front of the owner, where they can be closely monitored.

After being blamed for the death of a bulldog puppy which suffocated in the overhead bin on Monday on one flight then accidentally sending one passenger's pet to Japan in place of another animal, the scandal-hit airline found itself in another canine-related snafu on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Kara and the kids flew to Kansas City, Missouri, and as soon as they got off the flight, they went to a United cargo facility to pick up the family dog, a 10-year-old German Shepherd named Irgo, who had been sent on an earlier flight.

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Joseph and Kara Swindle are now in the process of moving from OR to Wichita, Kansas with their seven-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. The mix-up occurred during connecting flights in Denver.

The pet owner was very adamant that she did not want to put the pet carrier up above.

Kennedy, citing the U.S. Department of Transportation, said in a letter to the president of United that of the 24 animals that died in major airlines' care past year, 18 of those animals were in the care of United.

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