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Dog dies on United flight after being stored in overhead bin

Dog dies on United flight after being stored in overhead bin

In response, a United Airlines spokesperson said "this was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin." . "We assume full responsiblity for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them".

I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky - who doesn't when they get to sit near a puppy?

"There was some back and forth before finally the flight attendant convinced her to move the carrier to the bin above", she said. By the time they landed in NY, the dog had died. A passenger the paper spoke with, June Lara, wrote on Facebook the flight attendant "felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water". 'I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy. "Her daughter was also crying", she said. "She was saying verbally, 'My dog is in here, no, this is my dog.' The flight attendant, in response, really just continued to ask her to put it above because it was a hazard where it was, it was a safety emergency, someone could trip".

United Airlines apologized Tuesday after a dog died on a flight during which it was stored in a passenger's overhead compartment. My heart broke with theirs as I realized he was gone'.

"It was clearly a dog and while the customer was adamant about leaving it under the seat, the attendant pushed her to do so", she wrote in the first of a series of tweets.

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The flight attendant, Gremminger said, seemed shaken by the incident as well.

United have offered to pay for a necropsy of the small dog and issue a full refund on flight tickets.

According to the AP, 18 animals died on United flights a year ago, compared with six on all other US carriers combined. United's pet policy reads as follows: "A Pet travelling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel".

In 2017, United had the highest number of animal deaths of any USA carriers, according to a Department of Transportation (DOT) report, with 18 animals killed and 13 injured in transport.


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