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14 Mar 2018

Dog dies after flight attendant forces it into overhead cabin

Little dog dies on United Airlines flight

A dog died on a United Airlines flight when an attendant forced its owner to place it in the overhead cabin during the entire 3.5-hour journey.

US media reported lack of oxygen as the likely cause of death.

The carrier has taken full responsibility for the "tragic accident that should never have occurred."

"Pets should never be placed in the overhead bin," it added.

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Little dog dies on United Airlines flight
Passenger pushed back for long, but had to comply


Passenger pushed back for long, but had to comply

The incident happened on Houston-New York Flight 1284 on Monday. A woman was traveling with her children and dog.

Witnesses said an attendant came and asked her to put the small bag, which contained the dog, in the overhead cabin.

She adamantly resisted, but eventually complied.

"At the end of the flight, the woman found her dog, deceased," tweeted Maggie Gremminger, a co-passenger.

Co-passenger tweets details of the incident

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United had the most animal deaths in 2017

The attendant later claimed she didn't know the dog was in the bag, but United assumed responsibility.

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

It has refunded the family the ticket cost, plus the $125 pet cabin fee.

With 18 deaths, United had the highest number of animal deaths among all US carriers in 2017.

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