Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

Dog Dies On United Flight After Attendant 'Insists' It Be Stored In Overhead Bin

Dog Dies On United Flight After Attendant 'Insists' It Be Stored In Overhead Bin

Another passenger, Maggie Gremminger, told People a flight attendant told the pet owner to move the carrier her dog was in.

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.

The airline says it's "thoroughly investigating" to prevent a situation like this from happening again. They lost their dog because of an ↕united flight attendant.

Several fellow passengers who watched the distraught family recounted the incident on social media.

In a statement, United called it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin".

"They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", Lara wrote.

When the woman was forced to place the dog in the overhead bin, Gremminger exchanged glances with the man next to her.

Unfortunately, the puppy was found dead when the plane landed. "The woman was crying in the airplane aisle on the floor", Gremminger told One Mile at a Time. She said the dog's owners-a woman, a teenage girl, and an infant-were traveling from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport.

"This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath", Lara wrote.

This month, United and Delta limited what animals are allowed in the cabin following incidents like a flier trying to bring on an emotional support peacock on board. There is no excuse for the pain this family is suffering'.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", Maggie Schmerin, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in a statement.

This is just the latest in a string of troubling episodes for United when it comes to transporting pets.

This incident follows the death of giant rabbit on board a United Flight in 2017, and the horrific assault of passenger David Dao as he was dragged from his seat.

Six animal deaths in total were reported from the other 16 carriers included in the report.

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