Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Turns out, a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog, which was held in a TSA-approved pet carrier, in an overhead bin for the duration of the flight, which ultimately caused his death, according to the New York Post.

The owner had boarded United Flight 1284, from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to NY, on Monday, with her puppy in its carrier.

Gremminger said she is haunted by the sound of the black French bulldog barking during the flight, and then falling silent.

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

In response, United released a statement apologizing for the dog's death and promising an investigation.

Lara said that when the plane eventually landed three hours later and the owner, who was with her two young children, opened the overheard luggage, the dog was dead.

"I assumed there must be ventilation as surely the flight attendant wouldn't have instructed this", Gremminger added.

Gremminer later told PEOPLE the hostess who allegedly insisted on moving the dog appeared "frazzled" and claimed she was unaware the animal was in the carrier. "The woman was crying in the airplane aisle on the floor". Here's everything we know!

She also tweeted this picture of the party of three in arrivals.

United Airlines issued an apology to the passenger, saying, in part, that the dog should never have been placed in the overhead bin and "we assume full responsibility for this tragedy".

The woman initially placed the carrier under the seat in front of her, but the flight attendant told her she needed to put the bag, including the dog, in the overhead compartment for the entirety of the flight. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again".

Today, I boarded my first United Airlines flight.

United transported 138,178 animals a year ago, more than any other American airline according to the US Department of Transportation.

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