Dog Dies After Airline Passenger Forced To Put Puppy In Overhead Bin

This past Monday, a United Airlines Flight from Houston to New York will forever be etched into Maggie Gremminger’s memory. Maggie was a passenger aboard United Flight 1284 and tweeted about her experience. She claims a flight attendant forced a dog owner to put her puppy in the overhead bin.

The puppy was in a TSA-approved carrier yet the attendant insisted he be placed in the overhead bin, but why? In fact, the flight attendant said the plane wouldn’t take off until the puppy was secure, inside the bin for the duration of a 3-hour flight.

A United spokesperson is looking into the matter. She stated: “This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as 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. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”

“There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel,” passenger June Lara wrote in a Facebook post. “There was no movement as his family called his name. I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy.”

According to The Points Guy, small pets are allowed to fly aboard airlines so long as they’re in approved carriers. United’s website says that pets should remain in the approved carrier under the seat in front of the customer. NOT in the overhead bin, which has no proper ventilation for any living creature.

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