United apologizes for dog fatally stuffed in overhead bin

What do you think? Co Springs airline passengers chime in over death of dog in United overhead bin

The Harris County, Texas D.A. has assigned the case to the animal cruelty division.

However, prosecutors won't decide whether or not to press charges until the investigation is completed.

- A United Airlines flight attendant made a family put their puppy and its TSA-compliant pet carrier into the overhead bin for a flight from Houston to New York City Monday night.

"I was like, 'It's a dog, it's a dog".

"The flight attendant came and said you can't put him there because he'll block other passengers". Ceballos says they listened as the dog barked during the first part of the trip, but were unable to check on him because of turbulence. They were shocked when they found a Great Dane waiting for them.

"My mom was crying".

"The passenger adamantly refused but the flight attendant went on with the instruction", passenger Maggie Gremminger wrote.

When United 1284 landed, the dog was dead. But the United employee didn't give her a choice.

In a separate incident, the Swindle family was supposed to be flying their dog, Irgo, from OR to Kansas City on a United flight Tuesday.

Irgo is scheduled to see a veterinarian and then be put on a flight to Wichita, where he is expected to reunite with his family March 15 evening. But the flight attendant didn't back down and guaranteed the family Kokito would be safe.

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This family says it's too little too late.

United has sustained a series of embarrassments on CEO Oscar Munoz's watch, from the death of a French bulldog on Monday to a gaffe on Tuesday that sent a Kansas-bound German shepherd to Japan.

- Take nonstop flights to avoid layovers, which increase the chances your pet could be mishandled or left longer in the cargo hold.

The airline said the kennels, which were likely stored in the cargo bay, were similar.

United Airlines along with the president of the Flight Attendants Union says pets should never be placed in an overhead bin. We remain in contact with the family to express our condolences and offer support.

According to a US Department of Transportation report issued in February, 24 animals died in the care of US carriers a year ago.

In 2017, 24 animals died on flights; 18 of them were on United flights.

Though animal deaths involving commercial flights are rare, they spark outrage whenever they occur. Even on United, there was only one death for roughly every 4,500 animals transported a year ago.

United Airlines has the worst record for animal deaths with a staggering 75 percent of commercial flight animal deaths happening on United flights. "Another 13 animals in United's care suffered injuries previous year".

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