Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Dog Dies After Flight Attendant Orders It Placed In Overhead Bin

Dog Dies After Flight Attendant Orders It Placed In Overhead Bin

However, the family claims they were told to put the dog in an overhead bin where baggage is stored because the dog would be blocking the pathway.

A 10-month-old puppy died on board a United Airlines flight after an attendant said the dog had to be placed in an overhead bin.

According to 30-year-old Maggie Gremminger, a witness who traveled on the same flight, the pet owner was traveling with a young girl and an infant, and had stowed her French bulldog in a TSA-approved dog carrier.

"At the end of the flight, the woman found her dog deceased".

Mr Hobart said the airline was investigating the incident and talking to the flight attendant.

"I am not a flight attendant tho [sic]", she tweeted. Gremminger said she heard the dog bark while the plane was taking off and early in the flight, when there was turbulence.

The dog dying reveals a problem for airlines - how to serve passengers flying with pets while keeping planes clean and safe.

The incident happened on a United Airlines flight between Houston, Texas and NY on Monday. The airline assumed full responsibility for the tragedy and said it would be supporting the family who lost their dog.

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"They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow", he wrote on Facebook. Other staff "were professional and did a wonderful job gathering information and being as supportive to the mourning family as possible", Gremminger said.

The airline says it's "thoroughly investigating" to prevent a situation like this from happening again.

"I witnessed a United flight attendant instruct a woman to put her dog carrier with live dog in an overhead bin", Maggie Gremminger of New York City, wrote on Facebook. "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", June Lara wrote. I tried to encourage people to let them off first but it was confusing and so we waited for the rows to filter out. The agonizing noise lasted for 30 minutes into the flight.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", the statement read. "There was no movement as his family called his name", Lara continued.

"She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned".

The spokesman said Chicago-based United offered to pay for a necropsy.

"Why is it that the flight attendant didn't know the airline in cabin pet policy?" he said.

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