Puppy Dies in Overhead Locker on a PlaneKeith
Puppy Dies in Overhead Locker on a United Airlines Flight.
United Airlines has accepted liability after a dog died in-flight when a flight attendant ordered the pet to be put in an overhead locker.
The US airline apologised for the death of a French bulldog on a flight from Houston to New York and has launched an investigation.
A passenger who was seated behind said she saw a United flight attendant insisting on the dog being placed in the overhead locker in its pet carrier. The dogs owner adamantly refused but the flight attendant went on with the instruction.
On reaching its destination the dog was found dead in the carrier.
The owner assumed there must be ventilation as surely the flight attendant wouldn’t have insisted. I heard the dog barking a little but didntrealise it was barking for help.
Another passenger, June Lara, from Texas, said flight attendants “insisted” the puppy was locked up for the three hour flight.
They assured the safety of the family’s pet.
United Airlines said the dog’s death was a “sad accident that should never have occurred”, saying that 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 airline said in a statement.
“We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”