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Dog dies on flight after being placed in overhead bin

Dog dies on flight after being placed in overhead bin

Online posts from witnesses said the passenger explained there was a dog in the bag, but the flight attendant insisted it go in the overhead.

Passenger Maggie Gremminger, who said she was seating behind the woman with the dog, gave her account of what happened.

Putting animals in the overhead compartment is against the airline's policies, which say pets are required to travel in carriers that "must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times".

"Pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", the statement added.

The airline says it's "thoroughly investigating" to prevent a situation like this from happening again.

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. "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", said Lara. She was holding her dog and rocking back and forth.

"There was no movement as his family called his name", Lara wrote.




"She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of [the] surrounding passengers were utterly stunned", Ms Gremminger said.

"I want to help this woman and her daughter".

The flight attendant, Gremminger said, seemed shaken by the incident as well. "The flight attendant continued to ask the passenger to do it, and she eventually complied".

On Tuesday evening, a man named Brayan Castano told BuzzFeed his puppy Kokito was the dog on the flight.

"This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath", Lara wrote in his post. A third of those deaths - nine animals - occurred on United Airlines and an additional 14 were injured. There is no excuse for the pain this family is suffering'.

After the event, the Chicago-based airline issued a statement expressing regret about the incident.

She said the owner was instructed to put her dog there shortly after she boarded with two children, one of whom was an infant. According to Department of Transportation statistics, 26 animals died while being transported on planes in 2016, a rate of 0.5 per 10,000 animals transported.