United Airlines Flight Attendants Make Puppy Ride In Overhead Compartment For 3 Hours, Dog Dies
A 10-month-old French bulldog puppy died after spending three hours in an overhead compartment on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York on March 12.
United Continental told CBS News that it was a “tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin.”
June Lara, a passenger on the flight, posted pictures of the dog and wrote about the incident on Facebook:
I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky – who doesn’t when they get to sit near a puppy? However, the flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water. They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow. They assured the safety of the family’s pet so wearily, the mother agreed.
There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel. 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. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. My heart broke with theirs as I realized he was gone.
United Airlines policy states: “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.”
The airline is assuming full responsibility for the incident and said it was investigating the incident.