United Airlines has another pet-related glitch

Ivan Schwartz
March 18, 2018

United flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis was diverted to Akron, Ohio to drop off the pet. The pet was delivered safely to its owners and all passengers on the flight were compensated, United said.

It comes after another dog was accidentally sent to Japan on Tuesday and a puppy died on a flight the day before that when staff said it had to go in the overhead locker.

United Airlines is having a ruff time.

The airline faced fierce backlash and massive criticism when a customer on Monday reported a flight attendant told her to store her 10-month-old French bulldog, Kokito, in the overhead compartment for the duration of her flight.

The Transportation Department is investigating the incident.

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And the Harris County District Attorney's Office, in Texas, told a local news outlet that its animal-cruelty task force would conduct an investigation into the death.

The dog, named Irgo, had quite an adventure when he was accidently flown to Japan and not Kansas City, Missouri, which was his intended destination.

Irgo arrived back with his family on Thursday after United chartered a private plane from Japan. The mix-up occurred during connecting flights in Denver.

Noonan declined to say if the company is creating or modifying regulations after the rash of dog-related mishaps.

Thursday's incident is the airline's third just this week involving animals.

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