United Airlines Apologizes After Dog Dies in Overhead Compartment

United Airlines Apologizes After Dog Dies in Overhead Compartment

The death of the dog that was placed in the overhead bin on a United Airlines flight has triggered a criminal investigation.

Prosecutors said in a statement they won't decide whether or not to press charges until the investigation is completed.

By next month, United officials say they will be issuing bright yellow tags to passengers traveling with pets in carriers.

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.

Schmerin said the airline plans to change its pet travel policy to ensure something like that never occurs again.

When they heard their dog barking during the four-hour trip, the family said they attempted to alert the crew to the severity of the situation and get help for their pet.

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A flight attendant locked a family's French Bulldog, Kokito, in an overhead compartment for a three-and-a-half hour trip from Houston, Texas to NY on Monday (12Mar18). A flight attendant, anxious that the carrier did not fit under the seat, instructed the owners to put the carrier in the overhead compartment, where the dog perished after the 3½-hour flight.

"They had no idea where the dog was", Swindle said. The dog softly barked for part of the flight before going silent. They're trained to know what's safe and not safe during flight.

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. "Some 13 animals were also reported injured on United flights; no other airline had more than one injury. We express our deepest condolences".

And some are just head-scratchers - like Atlanta businessman and frequent flyer Eric Goldmann who did an impromptu study of emotional-support animals, only to learn that of the 142 flights he'd taken previous year by the end of October there were support pets on about 40 percent of the planes.

"The overwhelming majority (of deaths), according to medical experts, were due to a pre-existing medical condition or the animal wasn't properly acclimated to its crate", said United spokesman Charles Hobart. United transported 138,178 animals in 2017 which is more than double the number carried on Delta or American, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Last year, a man was violently dragged out of a United Airlines flight.

"If you read the literature, they tell you that you're not entitled to have your animal with you on the same flight that you're on", said Roe.

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