United Airlines has apologised after the death of a pet dog which was stowed in an overhead luggage compartment at the request of a flight attendant. They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed'.
"The flight attendant continued to ask the passenger to do it, and she eventually complied".
A passenger on the flight posted to Facebook about the incident, saying the dog was in a TSA-approved carrier when a flight attendant forced the dog's owner to place the carrier in the overhead bin with the dog still inside. "They lost their dog because of an [U] nited flight attendant".
A man named June Mara said he was seated behind the family of three - a mother, a young girl "no older than 8" and a toddler - and their 10-month-old Frenchie "Papacito".
"The passenger adamantly pushed back, sharing verbally that her dog was in the bag".
In a statement to Fox News, United spokesperson Maggie Schmerin said the airline is "thoroughly investigating" what happened so that it never happens again. At the end of the flight, they learned the animal had died. "There was no movement as his family called his name", Mara wrote. "The woman, crying in the aeroplane aisle on the floor", Gremminger said. "I could not see it, as I was already in my seat, but it sounded like it was somehow not completely fitting beneath the seat in front of her".
French Bulldogs are susceptible to breathing problems on flights due to the structure of their nasal passages.
"This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath", Lara wrote in his post.
United Airlines provided NBC 5 with a statement, expressing regret for the incident.
United refunded the tickets purchased for the dog owner and her children, including the fee the family paid to bring the pet with them. "My heart is broken". The airline also was sued last summer over the death of a giant rabbit on a flight from London to Chicago.