United Airlines confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that a dog died on board a flight from Houston to NY on Monday after flight attendants requested that the passengers keep the dog in the overheard storage compartment.
According to company policy, a pet traveling in the cabin must be in an approved kennel.
The passenger who tweeted about the incident, Maggie Gremminger, said she was "disgusted and traumatized" and that it was the flight attendant's responsibility to "understand the plan and its rules/limitations". "We assume full responsiblity for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them". As a matter of fact me and my wife got the privelage to babysit their dog Bernie (named after the Brewer mascot) the last week and it was such a blast.
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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. The owner did not discover the dog had died until after the plane landed.
In Monday's episode, the pet owner discovered her dog was dead shortly after the plane landed at La Guardia Airport. A passenger the paper spoke with, June Lara, wrote on Facebook the flight attendant "felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water". "I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy".
"They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", Lara wrote. "Her daughter was also crying", she said.
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'This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin, ' United stated. My heart broke with theirs as I realized he was gone'. "She made sure the flight attendant understood there was her dog and when the flight attendant still pushed her. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again".
The cause of the dog's death was not immediately known. Last year, the carrier was sued by the owners of a giant rabbit that died on one of its flights.
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