US Owners of dog that died mid-flight in overhead bin speak out
Dog Dies After United Flight Attendant Insists Carrier Be Put in Overhead Bin
According to passengers, a flight attendant asked that the animal be placed in the bin instead of under the seat.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.
A grieving family is speaking out after, they say, a United Airlines where he died in flight. The 10-month-old French bulldog was kept there for the entire three-and-a-half hour trip from Houston to New York Monday. The airline has apologized.
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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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.
"He was a really special dog. It's just sad the way he has to, just leave," said 11-year-old Sophia Ceballos. For Sophia and her mother, Catalina Robledo, Kokito was part of the family,
Robledo put the dog in a carrier but struggled to put Kokito's carrier under the seat in front of her. The family says a flight attendant insisted it go in the overhead bin.
"'It's a dog, it's a dog.' He can't breathe up there.' And she said, 'It doesn't matter, it still goes up there.... She felt the dog and she put him up there," Sophia recalled.
The family says they heard Kokito barking for two hours, then he stopped.
They wanted to check on him but couldn't.
"We tried, but there was a lot of turbulence. And we weren't allowed to stand up," Sophia said.
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When the flight was over, they found Kokito had died.
A fellow passenger posted a photo of the dog, saying, "My heart broke with theirs as I realized he was gone."
"My mom was crying, she was just screaming, she was looking at him," Sophia said.
In a statement United says: "This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We... Express our deepest condolences."
Retired airline captain Denny Kelly says the pitch black overhead bin is dangerous for any live animal.
"There is no circulation at all in there," Kelly said. "They're scared, their heart rate goes up and they use more oxygen. And there's not enough oxygen in the first place, that just makes it worse."
Kokito's owners hope others learn from this death. The family says the flight attendant claimed afterward that she didn't know there was a dog inside the bag. She's been described as distraught.
The American Kennel Club says a French bulldog's short face can make its breathing less efficient. They stress easily, increasing their need to breathe.
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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