Dog Dies After Airline Tells Passenger to Put Dog in Overhead Bin
April 18, 2018
United Airlines flight 1284 from Houston to LaGuardia proved fatal for one ten-month old French bulldog after its owner/custodian placed the dog in the overhead compartment at the instruction of the flight crew. The crew instruction came despite the passenger complying with all airline and regulatory policies allowing the dog to remain in the cabin under the seat.
The owner did not realize the dog had died until the end of the flight. United has taken full responsibility and has offered to pay for the necropsy and related expenses. The news comes after the Department of Transportation released a report on airline injuries and deaths to animals which reveals United has one of the worst records on the matter.