United Airlines Forces Devastated Passenger To Put Her Puppy In Overhead Bin, It Died From Suffocation During The Flight


United Airlines strikes again! On Monday night, witness June Lara says United flight attendants insisted another passenger place her dog in the overhead bin on a flight from Houston to LaGuardia. This, despite the fact that the dog was in a TSA-approved carrying case and that United’s policy clearly states that dogs should be stored under the seat in front of the passenger in those cases. For unclear reasons, the flight staff allegedly asked the passenger to put the pup, a 10-month-old French Bulldog, in the overhead bin without explaining why but assuring the passenger the dog would be fine.dead-puppy

Passenger Maggie Gremminger said she heard the dog barking during the flight. When the plane landed, the dog’s owner found her dog motionless. According to Lara, the passenger and her two young children called the dog’s name, and after it didn’t respond, the mother attempted to give the dog mouth-to-mouth, as Lara held the dog owner’s toddler. The dog was dead. Lara later detailed the incident on Facebook

CNBC reports the airline is refunding the price of tickets for the family and has offered to pay for a necropsy to determine the dog’s cause of death. Based on the lack of airflow in the overhead compartment and the tendency of French Bulldogs to have breathing problems, suffocation seems to be a likely cause.


This is hardly the first dog that has died on a United flight. According to CNBC, United reported more animal deaths on flights last year than any other US carrier—a lot more. Citing Department of Transportation statistics, the network reports a total of 18 animals carried in cargo holds died on United flights last year, while just there were two cargo hold animal deaths, respectively, on Delta and American flights in 2017.


United was also the airline that flew Lulu, a five-year-old King Charles Spaniel who died in the cargo hold on a flight from Houston to San Francisco last August. The list of reasons why United is an awful airline goes on and on beyond animal deaths, too.



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