Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Outrage after puppy dies in overhead cabin

Outrage after puppy dies in overhead cabin

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.

But it is unclear why the carrier was not placed under a seat, he said.

When the woman was forced to place the dog in the overhead bin, Gremminger exchanged glances with the man next to her.

'They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow.

A woman traveling with a teenage girl and an infant boarded Flight 1284 from Houston to NY. yesterday (March 12) with a 10-month-old French bulldog inside a TSA-approved carrier, according to fellow passenger Maggie Gremminger, who was sitting behind them.

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United Airlines told ABC News it takes responsibility for the dog's death, but could not say whether anyone would be disciplined for Monday's incident. After the flight landed, the owner discovered the shocking and horrifying truth that the dog had died in-flight.

'There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel, ' he wrote.

Flight attendants had, "assured the safety of the family's pet, so wearily, the mother agreed", Mr Lara said.

"I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10-month-old puppy", he said. "Her daughter was also crying", she said.

"We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", Schmerin added.

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The flight attendant, Gremminger said, seemed shaken by the incident as well.

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

"They lost their dog because of an @united flight attendant".

"She said that she did not know there was a dog in the bag and if so she never would have instructed it to be put in the bin above", Gremminger said.

In 2017, United had the highest number of animal deaths of any U.S. carriers, according to a Department of Transportation report, with 18 animals killed and 13 injured in transport.

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This month, United and Delta limited what animals are allowed in the cabin following incidents like a flier trying to bring on an emotional support peacock on board.

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