United Airlines apologized for the death of a 10-month-old puppy after its flights attendants forced the dog into an overhead compartment for three hours.
The owner had boarded United Flight 1284, from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to NY, on Monday, with her puppy in its carrier.
I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky - who doesn't when they get to sit near a puppy? "She made sure the flight attendant understood there was her dog and when the flight attendant still pushed her".
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'The flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water, ' he wrote on Facebook.
Gremminer explained that the dog barked twice during the 30 minutes after take off, then fell silent. Here's everything we know! Passengers on a flight from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport were left traumatized after a woman's black bulldog unexpectedly died on the plane. "The woman was crying in the airplane aisle on the floor", Gremminger told One Mile at a Time.
She also tweeted this picture of the party of three in arrivals.
Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being placed in overhead bin
The dog stayed in the canister for the three-hour flight and was not given any water , as indicated by Lara. There was no movement as his family called his name.
Passenger Maggie Gremminger told aviation website One Mile at a Time that the pet owner "adamantly pushed back" on the flight attendant's demand for the dog to go in the overhead compartment before complying.
The carrier has apologised for the tragic loss, saying "We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", the United spokesperson said in a statement.
Eighteen died on board, compared to just two on Delta and American Airlines flights.
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United transported 138,178 animals previous year, more than any other American airline according to the US Department of Transportation.