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Puppy Dies After Flight Attendant Insists On Stowing Him In Overhead Luggage

Puppy Dies After Flight Attendant Insists On Stowing Him In Overhead Luggage

A family's French bulldog apparently suffocated during a flight from Houston to NY on Monday when a United Airlines flight attendant forced them to place the pet in an overhead compartment for the three-hour trip.

In a Facebook post, a fellow passenger said a mother and her two daughters were boarding the flight with their dog in tow when a flight attendant "insisted" that the dog be placed in the overhead bin.

Passengers heard barking during the flight, but didn't learn that the dog had died until the flight was over.

"At the end of the flight the dog was found dead in the carrier". I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body.

On Tuesday evening, a man named Brayan Castano told BuzzFeed his puppy Kokito was the dog on the flight. "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. There was some back and forth before finally the flight attendant convinced her to move the carrier to the bin above".

Passengers aboard yesterday's Houston to New York City flight report a young family was instructed to place their French Bulldog inside the overhead storage area, instead of letting the TSA-approved kennel jut into the aisle.

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United Airlines confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News, calling it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred." .

"We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", Schmerin added.

"They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed", passenger June Lara wrote.

United transported 138,178 animals a year ago, more than any other American airline according to the US Department of Transportation.

United Airlines provided NBC 5 with a statement, expressing regret for the incident.

A spokesperson for United could not say if anyone had been disciplined in relation to the incident.


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