Family’s Dog Dies On The United Airlines Flight After Being Forced Into Overhead Bin

Date March 16, 2018

A family dog died on the United Airlines plane after a flight attendant forced the owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin. After the tragic accident, the airline took full responsibility for what happened.

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On the United Airlines flight from Houston to New York, a woman with children took their pet, a little black puppy named Kokito, on a plane with them but was pressured by a flight attendant to place their dog in an overhead storage bin for the whole three-and-a-half-hour flight.

According to another passenger, Maggie Gremminger, the dog owner wanted to keep her pet in a small pet carrier designed to fit under an airline seat but the flight attendant insisted that the dog should be put overhead. Gremminger wrote on Twitter along with a photo of the heartbroken woman and her children:

At the end of the flight, the woman found her dog, deceased. She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned.

The airline made a statement about the incident calling it “a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin”.

According to Maggie Schmerin, the United spokeswoman, the family had been refunded the cost of their tickets as well as the $125 pet cabin fee.

Last year, 18 animals, mostly dogs, died while being transported on the United Airline, which makes is the highest number of animal deaths in the industry.

Flying with your pet

If you decided to take your pooch with you on a flight, you should consider these tips:

  1. Never put your pet under the overhead bin.
  2. Visit your vet before the flight to ensure that your pet is allowed to travel and if it needs any vaccines that are hard to get in other countries.
  3. Contact the airline you are flying with to get clear instructions about flying with a pet.

If you collect all information you need and make sure that your pet is allowed to travel, there shouldn’t be any problems.

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