Dog dies in overhead bin on flight to NY

Dog dies in overhead bin on flight to NY

Chicago-based United Airlines is accepting responsibility for a dog's in-flight death after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the pet in the overhead compartment.

According to witnesses, the flight attendant, who hasn't been identified, required the pet owner to store her pet carrier, with the dog inside, in the overhead bin for the duration of the roughly four hour flight.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", passenger June Lara writes in a Facebook post. "However, the flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water", the post said.

The dog's death comes almost one year after United became embroiled in a public relations crisis due to a viral video that showed a passenger being forcibly dragged off of one of its flights.

The owner had boarded United Flight 1284, from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to NY, on Monday, with her puppy in its carrier. There was no movement as his family called his name. "I heard the dog barking a little and we didn't realise it was barking a cry for help". "I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy".

United Airlines issued an apology to the passenger, saying, in part, that the dog should never have been placed in the overhead bin and "we assume full responsibility for this tragedy".

A spokeswoman for United said the airline is conducting a full investigation into the matter.

United said it was investigating what happened to prevent it from ever happening again.

United requires that all in-cabin pets "be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel".

"The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times", the policy reads.

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