Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

A woman traveling with a teenage girl and an infant boarded Flight 1284 from Houston to NY. yesterday (March 12) with a 10-month-old French bulldog inside a TSA-approved carrier, according to fellow passenger Maggie Gremminger, who was sitting behind them.

A dog has died after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put it in a plane's overhead locker.

Passengers heard barking during the flight, but didn't learn that the dog had died until the flight was over.

United Airlines confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News, calling it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred." .

United said in its statement that the airline is conducting an investigation into the incident "to prevent this from ever happening again".

The dog, a French bulldog that was travelling in a pet carrier, was placed in the compartment shortly before United Flight 1284 left Houston for NY at around 6pm Monday, said Maggie Gremminger, 30, who was seated behind the pet owner.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", the passenger wrote. "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", said Lara. "The flight attendant continued to ask the passenger to do it, and she eventually complied".

Gremminger said on Twitter she wants to find out the name of the dog's owners so she can help them. The dog remained confined for the duration of the flight and ultimately passed away; its owner found it dead upon landing.

When the dog's owner realized what had happened, Gremminger said, "she sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying".

On Tuesday evening, a man named Brayan Castano told BuzzFeed his puppy Kokito was the dog on the flight.

Last August, Lulu, a King Charles spaniel, died in the cargo hold of a United Airlines jet. There is no excuse for the pain this family is suffering'. In 2016 United Airlines had the highest number of animal deaths.

United's website states that pets "must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel".

The airline said in a statement to ABC News it assumes full responsibility for the incident.

He said the airline refunded the tickets purchased for the puppy's owner and her two children and the fee they paid to bring a pet on board - typically $US200.

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