Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being forced into overhead bin

Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being forced into overhead bin

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

Another passenger on the flight posted a photo on Twitter of the dog's owner and children after the plane had arrived in NY.

According to United's website, its policy for onboard pets is: "A pet traveling in a cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel".

But Gremminger said the flight attendant, whose name she did not know, appeared distraught after the flight in NY when she learned that the dog had died.

The dog's owners were a woman, her teenage daughter and an infant who were traveling from Texas to LaGuardia Airport, Gremminger told Buzzfeed. As a matter of fact me and my wife got the privelage to babysit their dog Bernie (named after the Brewer mascot) the last week and it was such a blast.

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


On United Flight 1284 from Houston to NY on Monday, a woman who was flying with children and a small dog was pressured by a flight attendant to put her dog in overhead storage during the 3-1/2 hour flight.

The dog reportedly was in a carrier meant to be stored under a seat.

Unfortunately, the puppy was found dead when the plane landed.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel". "I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy". Lara claimed that flight attendants said the dog would be safe inside the compartment for three hours during the flight. "My heart is broken", Maggie Gremminger tweeted. "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed". "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", United Airlines spokesperson said.

Although, overhead lockers are not air-tight, lack of oxygen could have been the cause of the dog's death, United States media report. The airline also was sued last summer over the death of a giant rabbit on a flight from London to Chicago.

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