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Discussion in 'Other Dogs in the News' started by Michele, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    By Associated Press | March 14, 2018 @8:17 AM

    HOUSTON — A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane's overhead bin.

    United said Tuesday that it took full responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight from Houston to New York.

    In a statement, United called it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin."

    The dog was in a small pet carrier designed to fit under an airline seat.

    Passengers reported that they heard barking during the flight and didn't know that the dog had died until the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport.

    Passenger Maggie Gremminger posted a photo on Twitter of the dog's owner and children after the flight. "I want to help this woman and her daughter. They lost their dog because of an @united flight attendant. My heart is broken," she wrote.

    United spokesman Charles Hobart said the flight attendant told the dog's owner to put the pet carrier in the overhead bin because the bag was partly obstructing the aisle. It is unclear why the carrier was not placed under a seat, he said.

    Hobart said United is investigating the incident and talking to the flight attendant, whom he declined to identify. He said the airline refunded the tickets purchased for the dog owner and her two children and the fee that they paid to bring a pet on board — typically $200.

    The cause of the dog's death was not immediately known. The spokesman said Chicago-based United offered to pay for a necropsy.

    Last year, 18 animals died while being transported on United — there were six cases on all other U.S. carriers combined, according to the Department of Transportation.

    United has suffered a string of incidents that generated bad publicity in the last two years, including the violent removal of a passenger from a United Express plane to make room for a crew member, and the death of a giant rabbit — its Iowa owners sued the airline, which they said cremated the animal to destroy evidence about the cause of death.

  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    First off, you have to pay to bring your dog on a plane. The attendant was clearly in the wrong. A pug in a carrier fits perfectly under the person's seat. If this was me, there would be some heads rolling big time. But it wouldn't be me because I would of told the attendant to go fuck herself.
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  3. Eden86

    Eden86 Little Dog

    Yeah, I probably would have been asked to leave the flight because there’s no way I’d be putting a dog in overhead. Not a chance. It’s terrible they were even asked to do that.
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  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    The dog was panicking and barking like when left in a hot car. I don't get this, a full airplane and nobody had any sense to help the dog?
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  5. Eden86

    Eden86 Little Dog

    Yeah, it’s really strange. Even if you put it up for takeoff surely you’d take it out after that to check on it. Poor thing.
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  6. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    My dogs have always traveled with us, always. This is why I refuse to fly with them. The airlines seem to be really careless about pets. Truth be told, I wont board my animals either. We are actually considering getting a used class c motorhome to travel in. Just to make it easier on me and more comfortable for the dog and the kids.
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  7. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    I've traveled with my dog. There is plenty of room under your seat for a carrier.
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