A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant told a passenger to put their French bulldog in an overhead bin.
According to CNN, the dog was inside an overhead bin for more than three hours.
Eyewitnesses said the dog’s owner was told to put the in the locker. The flight attendant said she didn’t know the dog was inside the airline- approved carrier when she made that request.
United has taken full responsibility for this sad incident.
“We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them.”
“We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again. Pets should never be placed in the overhead bin.”
United’s policy states, “a pet travelling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times.”
What’s interesting about this story is that Maggie Gremminger, who says she sat behind the dog’s owner spoke with travel site One Mile at a Time: “I witnessed a United flight attendant instruct a woman to put her dog carrier with live dog in an overhead bin.
“The passenger adamantly pushed back, sharing verbally that her dog was in the bag.
“The flight attendant continued to ask the passenger to do it, and she eventually complied.”
“By the end of the flight, the dog was dead. The woman was crying in the airplane aisle on the floor.”
According to US Media Report, lack of oxygen could have been the cause of the dog’s death.