Dog dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

A dog died after a United flight attendant forced a passenger to put the puppy in its carrier into an overhead bin, prompting a swift apology from the airline-which appears to be getting better at saying sorry.

Another passenger on the flight posted a photo on Twitter of the dog's owner and children after the plane had arrived in NY.

The airline's policy states that all animals traveling inside the cabin should be in a carrier and 'fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times'.

Once the dog was in the overhead bin, the passenger said the dog was barking for part of the flight.

United said it would assume full responsibility for the incident and that it was investigating what happened to prevent such an incident from happening again. "She sat in the airplane aisle on the floor crying, and all of surrounding passengers were utterly stunned", Gremminger wrote in a series of tweets alongside a picture of the woman and her children.

On United Flight 1284 from Houston to NY on Monday, a woman who was flying with children and a small dog was pressured by a flight attendant to put her dog in overhead storage during the 3-1/2 hour flight.

The dog was in a small pet carrier created to fit under an airline seat.

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", the passenger wrote. 'I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy.

"They assured the safety of the family's pet", she said. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", United said in a statement last night. Last June, rapper SchoolBoy Q accused United of putting his pet dog on the wrong flight to the wrong city during a layover. "My heart is broken".

This incident follows the death of giant rabbit on board a United Flight in 2017, and the horrific assault of passenger David Dao as he was dragged from his seat. Earlier in the year, Simon the three-foot-long rabbit also died after a United Airlines flight.

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