Airline apologizes after dog dies while placed in overhead bin during flight

Pauline Gross
March 15, 2018

On a Monday night flight from Houston to NY, a 10-month-old French bulldog puppy named "Papacito" died after a member of the flight crew unwisely stated that he should be put into the overhead compartment.

The incident happened on a fight from Houston to NY on Monday.

Aviation Analyst, John Nance said, "In all my years of flying, I have never heard of a flight attendant asking or forcing someone to put an animal in the overhead bin".

According to accounts from fellow passengers on United Flight 1284, a flight attendant demanded that a woman traveling with the puppy and her two children place the puppy in its carrier inside the overhead bin for the duration of the flight.

A dog died after being placed in an overhead storage bin on a flight from Houston to NY on Monday, according to United Airlines.

"My mom got up and got the bag, and she took him out, and she's like: 'Kokito, Kokito, wake up!' and he didn't", she said.

United's own policy on pets in cabins states that an animal's cabin "must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times". "The dog barked and barked but I could not stand", said Robledo.

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It had the highest number of animal deaths for any US carrier in 2017 - 18 were killed and 13 injured in while in transit with United previous year, according to the US Department of Transport.

According to BBC, witnesses said the flight attendant had asked one of the passengers to put her airline-approved pet carrier in the locker.

United released a statement, apologizing for the death and promising to investigate. So the woman reluctantly let her 10-month-old dog be stowed away in the overhead bin.

"We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", said the airline.

Despite informing that the bag contained her pet dog, the attendant kept on insisting that the bag be transported to the overhead bin. There are differing stories about whether or not the flight attendant knew a dog was in the carrier.

Maggie Gremminger uploaded a photo of the dog's owners and tweeted: "I want to help this woman and her daughter". They said they are truly heartbroken.

Six animal deaths in total were reported from the other 16 carriers included in the report.

Other reports by GizPress

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