United Airlines apologise after dog dies in overhead locker during flight

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A dog died after a United flight attendant forced a passenger to put the puppy in its carrier into an overhead bin, prompting a swift apology from the airline-which appears to be getting better at saying sorry.

However, Gremminger said a flight attendant came by, and told the woman she would need to put the bag in the overhead bin because it did not fit properly under the seat.

Other passengers reportedly heard the dog, believed to be 10 months old, barking during the flight before it was found dead upon landing at LaGuardia Airport. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. "I could not see it, as I was already in my seat, but it sounded like it was somehow not completely fitting beneath the seat in front of her".

Maggie Gremminger, who says she was a passenger on the flight, said the dog was traveling with a woman and her two children and was being kept in a TSA-approved dog carrier.

At least one flight attendant seemed unaware that a live animal was in the carrier, People reported. "Maybe they have air ventilation in there that I didn't know about".

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"They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow", he wrote on Facebook.

United Airlines confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News, calling it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred." . "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed". "We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again".

The French bulldog was traveling Monday with its owner and her children from Houston to NY.

According to Department of Transportation statistics on animal incidents on USA carriers, United has the highest rate of incidents involving loss, injury or death of animals during air transportation, with 2.24 incidents every 10,000 animals transported.

United Airlines provided NBC 5 with a statement, expressing regret for the incident.


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