Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Flight, Airline Apologizes

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 14, 2018

United Airlines says it takes "full responsibility" for the death of a dog whose owner was reportedly told by cabin crew to place it in its carrier in an overhead luggage compartment.

"A stranger offered to hold her newborn while she sat on the floor, there in the airplane aisle", Gremminger said of the owner's reaction to finding the dog dead.

CBS News reported on the story, which went viral after a passenger on the flight posted a photo of the dog, who was named Papicito, after it died.

The incident, first reported on The Points Guy blog, happened on Monday night when the attendant apparently told the woman to put the TSA-approved pet carrier in the overhead bin.

The witness said once the plane landed his family opened his kennel and began calling his name but there was no sound.

"I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky - who doesn't when they get to sit near a puppy?" passenger June Lara wrote on Facebook. "I assumed there must be ventilation as surely the flight attendant wouldn't have instructed this otherwise I heard the dog barking a little and we didn't realize it was barking a cry for help". They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow.

Chicago-based United said Tuesday it is investigating the incident and talking to the flight attendant. "We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them".

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

Company policy states pets should remain in kennels placed under the seat at all times.

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