Dog dies on flight after owner told to put in overhead bin

Dog dies after being placed in overhead bin on United flight

Dog dies after being placed in overhead bin on United flight

Passengers said they heard barking throughout the three hour flight, and then silence.

A United Airlines passenger's beloved french bulldog died when a flight attendant ordered the dog be put in an overhead bin.

But Gremminger said in a photo on Facebook that a flight attendant forced the dog's owner to put the carrier and its occupant in the overhead compartment. After the flight attendant asked her to move it above, the woman adamantly refused, communicating her dog was in the bag.

Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on the plane, told People Magazine that the pet owner was travelling with a young girl and a baby.

At least one flight attendant seemed unaware that a live animal was in the carrier, People reported.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", the passenger wrote. "There was no movement as his family called his name". 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".

Today, I boarded my first United Airlines flight.

"This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", United said in a statement.

Another passenger, June Lara, wrote in a public Facebook post of the moment it was clear the dog had died.

The airline declined to comment on its in-cabin pet stowage policy and whether the passengers were compensated for their loss. "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".

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