Dog dies after being placed in overhead bin on United flight

Dog dies after being placed in overhead bin on United flight

A 10-month-old dog died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to NY after a flight attendant ordered the animal be put in the plane's overhead bin.

The owner had boarded United Flight 1284, from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to NY, on Monday, with her puppy in its carrier.

Gremminger said on Twitter she wants to find out the name of the dog's owners so she can help them. "She made sure the flight attendant understood there was her dog and when the flight attendant still pushed her".

"I'm sure the owner is going through the worst guilt", Gremminger wrote. Here's everything we know!

Passengers reported that they did not know the dog had died during the flight until they landed at LaGuardia Airport.

Gremminer later told PEOPLE the hostess who allegedly insisted on moving the dog appeared "frazzled" and claimed she was unaware the animal was in the carrier. "She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned", Gremminger tweeted.

Passenger Maggie Gremminger told aviation website One Mile at a Time that the pet owner "adamantly pushed back" on the flight attendant's demand for the dog to go in the overhead compartment before complying.

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"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", United Airlines stated to NBC 5.

United Airlines issued an apology to the passenger, saying, in part, that the dog should never have been placed in the overhead bin and "we assume full responsibility for this tragedy".

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

Gremminer said she has been offered $75 credit by the airline which, she said, just makes things worse.

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USA Today found that United Airlines accounted for one-third of US animal deaths aboard passenger flights during the last five years.

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