Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Dog dies after being stored in overhead bin during United Airlines flight

Dog dies after being stored in overhead bin during United Airlines flight

The incident happened on a flight from Houston Intercontinental Airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport, The Points Guy reports.

However, Gremminger said a flight attendant came by, and told the woman she would need to put the bag in the overhead bin because it did not fit properly under the seat.

A dog tragically lost its life on March 12 after its owners were instructed to place him in an overhead bin on a United Flight. However, the owner was reportedly forced by a flight attendant to put the dog carrier along with its occupant in the overhead compartment.

"Pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", the statement added.

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

Eventually, the pet owner, whom United declined to name, complied with the flight attendant.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", June Lara wrote in a Facebook post.

Fellow passenger, MaggieGremminger, who also witnessed the incident, said she was "disgusted and traumatized" by the incident.

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The dog's death caused a stir on social media, with a passenger named Maggie Gremminger sharing a picture of the dead dog on Twitter after the flight was over.

United told ABC News it assumes full responsibility for the dog's death.

The owners of the rabbit filed suit against United three months later alleging that United has a poor record of transporting animals and that the airline accounted for one-third of all animal deaths via U.S. air travel in the last five years.

Upon landing, Lara said the dog was unresponsive. "After the flight attendant asked her to move it above, the woman adamantly refused, communicating her dog was in the bag. My heart is broken", Maggie Gremminger tweeted.

"The gentleman sitting next to me (in 24B at that time) looked at one another to confirm what we had just seen, both of us acknowledging it was clearly a dog- and feeling stunned that it was placed there".

Gremminger later posted a photo of the devastated pet owner sitting alongside her children at the terminal, next to a soft-sided dog carrier on the floor.

"I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10-month-old puppy", he said. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body.

French Bulldogs are susceptible to breathing problems on flights due to the structure of their nasal passages.

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