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US Dog Dies After United Flight Attendant Insists Carrier Be Put in Overhead Bin

22:06  13 march  2018
22:06  13 march  2018 Source:   cntraveler.com

Owners of dog that died mid-flight in overhead bin speak out

  Owners of dog that died mid-flight in overhead bin speak out French bulldog puppy died during the three-and-a-half hour trip after a flight attendant insisted it go into the overhead compartmentUnited Airlines issued a statement accepting full responsibility for the incident, which it says is under investigation. Still, many are wondering how an experienced flight attendant could let this happen, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave.

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On Monday night, a passenger boarded United Flight 1284 from Houston Intercontinental to New York - LaGuardia with a small dog inside a TSA-compliant carrier. According to the passenger, a flight attendant then demanded that the carrier and animal be placed in the overhead bin for the duration of the flight, instead of under the seat, as is common practice. A witness wrote on Facebook that the passenger protested, but eventually complied. The dog then died sometime during the flight, according to The Points Guy.

Per United's in-cabin pet policy, "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." As such, people traveling with an in-cabin pet cannot be seated in an emergency exit or bulkhead row.

Death of puppy on United flight prompts U.S. agency probe

  Death of puppy on United flight prompts U.S. agency probe United Airlines faced fresh backlash on Wednesday over a puppy that died in-flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin, and the U.S. Department of Transportation said it was examining the events that led to the French bulldog's death.U.S. Senator John Kennedy, who earlier on Wednesday sent a letter to United Airlines President Scott Kirby demanding information on the high number of animals that have died in the carrier's care, wrote on Twitter that he planned to file a bill on Thursday that would prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins.

The incident comes at a time when airlines are tightening rules on traveling with emotional support animals, who are not subject to the same $125 fee as in-cabin pets.

In a statement, United said, "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."

Pet deaths in the cabin are rare. But as previously reported by Traveler's Rachel Rabkin Peachman, dozens of animals died flying in cargo on U.S. airlines in 2016. In April 2017, Simon, a three-foot-long, ten-month-old Continental Giant rabbit, was found dead in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 upon arrival at Chicago O'Hare.

Protesters demand justice for dog that died aboard United flight .
Nearly two-dozen barking mad protesters gathered at LaGuardia Airport Sunday, where they demanded justice for a 10-month-old French bulldog.The poor pooch, Kokito, was in a dog carrier aboard a flight from Houston to LaGuardia. The flight crew said the case was blocking the aisle, so a flight attendant put it in the overhead storage bin, according to Kokito’s owner, Catalina Robledo.

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