Dog dies in overhead bin aboard United Airlines flight

Galtero Lara
Marcha 13, 2018

A passenger on the flight posted to Facebook about the incident, saying the dog was in a TSA-approved carrier when a flight attendant forced the dog's owner to place the carrier in the overhead bin with the dog still inside.

The dog stayed in the canister for the three-hour flight and was not given any water, as indicated by Lara. "I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy".

"We didn't know it was barking a cry for help", she wrote.

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.

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.

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United Flight 1284 from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport was rocked by the tragic accident, according to passenger Maggie Gremminger, who tweeted about the event.

"We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them", the statement said.

The airline's pet policy states that "domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds" are permitted in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the USA with a $125 service fee. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again".

Dogs under 20 lbs are allowed to ride in the plane's cabin, so long as the pet carrier can fit underneath the seat. "I could not see it, as I was already in my seat, but it sounded like it was somehow not completely fitting beneath the seat in front of her", according to Gremminger.

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