A dog has died on a United Airlines flight, after it was believed to be forced into the overhead locker by flight attendants. The dog was being transported in a carrier and the human companion had paid the required fee for the dog to be in the plane’s cabin with them. However, it is believed that a United Airlines flight attendant told the passengers she had to put her companion dog in the overhead locker, despite this being against the airline’s policy.
The 10-month old French Bulldog was in the overhead locker for the duration of the three hour flight, and was found dead when the plane landed. Reportedly, the flight attendant wasn’t aware that there was a dog in the carrier, despite the passenger’s clarification that her dog was inside. United Airlines said in a statement: “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.”
If you are considering taking an animal on a flight, or any mode or public transport, make sure you check their policy before you arrange your journey. Have you ever had a problem taking your companion on a flight?