United Airlines feel sorry after Dog dead in the flight

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 13, 2018

"Tonight I was on a plane where I witnessed a United flight attendant instruct a passenger to place her dog carrier (with dog) in the overhead compartment." wrote Maggie Gremminger.

The dog's death comes almost one year after United became embroiled in a public relations crisis due to a viral video that showed a passenger being forcibly dragged off of one of its flights.

United Airlines say they are now investigating the animal's death and have apologized for the 'accident'.

Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on the plane, told People Magazine that the pet owner was travelling with a young girl and a baby.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", Schmerin said. "I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body".

Another passenger posted about the incident on Facebook, saying the dog was in a TSA approved carrier when a flight attendant forced its owner to put the carrier in an overhead bin with the dog still inside.

'We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them.

The flight attendants "felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water", Lara wrote on Facebook.

However, the airline declined to comment on its official in-cabin pet stowage policy and whether the passengers have been compensated for their loss.

According to the airline's website, pets are allowed on most flights within the U.S. In-cabin pets must travel in approved kennels that can fit completely under the seat, where the kennel must remain at all times. Earlier in the year, Simon the three-foot-long rabbit also died after a United Airlines flight.

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