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14 March 2018, 04:55 | Cesar Cruz
Passenger Says Dog Died Mid-flight After Flight Attendant Said It Had to Travel in Overhead Bin
A dog tragically lost its life on March 12 after its owners were instructed to place him in an overhead bin on a United Flight.
United Airlines has apologised after the death of a pet dog which was stowed in an overhead luggage compartment at the request of a flight attendant. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", the statement 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".
Passenger Maggie Gremminger, who said she was seating behind the woman with the dog, gave her account of what happened.
United Airlines said it took full responsibility for the incident, calling it, "a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin".
Gremminger said she is haunted by the sound of the black French bulldog barking during the flight, and then falling silent.
United's pet policy says animals must be in a carrier that can fit underneath the seat in front of the passenger.
"She said that she did not know there was a dog in the bag and if so she never would have instructed it to be put in the bin above", Gremminger said.
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Photos of the dog and its travel carrier posted by Lara suggest that the puppy may have been a pug, a dog breed that is particularly susceptible to suffocation if not given adequate access to air and ventilation.
"She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned".
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'This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them.
And United has leaned hardest into the pet transportation market. Of 40 total incidents involving animal loss, injury or death in 2017, 18 incidents involved an animal's death on United Airlines.
In 2017, United had the highest number of animal deaths of any U.S. carriers, according to a Department of Transportation report, with 18 animals killed and 13 injured in transport.
A spokesperson for United could not say if anyone had been disciplined in relation to the incident.
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