During a late night flight, Maggie Gremminger, was on a flight from Houston to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, when she witnessed a horrifying scene. A dog died in the plane after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog into an overhead bin.
“I want to help this woman and her daughter. They lost their dog because of an @united flight attendant. My heart is broken,” Gremminger wrote on her Facebook post.
Passengers heard barking during the flight but didn’t learn that the dog had died until the flight was over.
“There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel,” passenger June Lara writes 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.”
United responded to TPG request for comment to confirm the story. A United spokesperson provided the following statement:
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.
A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times….
A customer traveling with an in-cabin pet cannot be seated in the bulkhead or an emergency exit row.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family who lost their pet. We only hope that this will be used in the future to ensure policies are clarified with the crew to prevent this from occurring again.
What are your thoughts? Please be sure to comment and share with friends.