Dog Dies on United Airlines Flight After Owner Forced to Put Pet In Overhead Bin

Submitted by: fancylad 10 months ago in News & Politics


A dog died after a United Airlines flight attendant forced a passenger to put her pet in an overhead bin. The woman was reportedly told to place her dog, which was in a TSA-approved carrier, in the bin during the flight from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport. Some passengers heard barking while in the air, and didn't know the dog had perished until they landed.

United Airlines policy states that pets must be in a carrier “under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times,” according to the company's website. “There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel,” passenger June Lara wrote on Facebook. “There was no movement as his family called his name. I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy.”

Another passenger, Maggie Gremminger, wrote on Twitter, “I want to help this woman and her daughter. They lost their dog because of an @united flight attendant. My heart is broken.” The airline issued a statement, saying the tragedy "should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin." "We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them," the statement continued. "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”

Source: New York Post
There are 13 comments:
Female 482
Read another article that stated the Flight attendant did NOT know there was a dog in carrier and is distraught. I find that so ridiculous to believe! Furthermore who would suggest even doing that? Whats the difference in asking to have your 6 month old up there? I mean this is just so crazy to actually think a flight attendant would make them do this.
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Male 1,124
I doubt the attendant knew what would happen, which is no excuse but is a proof that they should follow their directives. Horrible outcome. 
On the other hand, I can accept any and all discomfort from kids and babies in a plane but animals are special cases. I'm pretty sure planes are designed to have cargo space to fly them safely. If the passenger really, really can't fly without their pet, maybe they need to either make different travel plans or charter their own plane. 
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Male 1,634
bearbear01  If the passenger really, really can't fly without their pet, maybe they need to either make different travel plans or charter their own plane.  

Totally agree.  They have no place on a public flight.  Period.  
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Male 18,342
Airplanes are not for transporting pets and livestock. Some people have allergies
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Male 7,525
Draculya Bubble people are a different story, they can be allergic to damn near everything.  I mean people with loads of pet dander can be on a plane, isn't that about the same thing?  Assuming the bubbler would go out of their way to avoid both when possible.
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Male 2,799
I don't think that an overhead is air tight but it may be. That said if the carrier fit under the seat that's where it should have been, and dogs are allowed in to the cabin if the requirements are met. I don,t know why anyone would send there dog or any pet for that matter on an airplane, the ones that are placed in the baggage compartments (are suppose to be heated and pressurized) die all the time. And the stress must be huge. 
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7,056
$0 I hope.
As much as I love dogs I was once on a flight that was delayed 45 minutes because some idiot wanted to argue because they didn't have a proper carrier for their dog.
If you're one of those assholes screw you and your dog:-!
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Male 1,634
dm2754 well, this lady was not one of those assholes.  She had the proper carrier and wanted to store it properly as well.  If she had, there would have been no problems.  However, one flight attendant decided to go against what the rules say and told her to place it in the overhead compartment where it would die.

Personally, I think that the flight attendant should be punished just as much if not more than the airline.  She broke their directive. 
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Male 5,892
I already have a "Mr T" phobia of flying...with all of the recent issues airlines have been having (IE: Being Total Dicks)...I don't foresee taking a flight any time soon.

...unless someone spikes my milk with Jack Daniels...
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Male 7,525
How many dog carriers will fit UNDER the seat in front of you on an airplane?

There is literally no room there, if the dog is bigger than your foot, its not gonna work.

Ah well, shame about the pup, but the 5 mil or so the family gets will certainly get them a new one.  I had no idea you could even bring dogs on planes in the passenger cabin (not including service dogs)
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Male 2,473
daegog those bins aren't air tight, what did  the dog die of,  fear?
I agree, unless the pet was an approved sevice animal he probably should have been in the cargo hold
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Male 7,525
woodyville06 My guess is a heart attack or something like it.

I know when im flying, my ears pop so badly that its excruciating, perhaps the dog suffered something similar?
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Male 2,473
daegog its a sad story but he was a puppy and should have been healthy.  I guess if she Wanted him with her she would have to buy him a seat.
Honestly, flying has gotten to be a real pain
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