Dog dies after airline worker has it placed in overhead bin

Javier Stokes
March 16, 2018

Gremminger said she saw Robledo on the floor, rocking and crying. Catalina went back and forth with the flight attendant refusing to allow her puppy to be put in the overhead bin.

That account appears to contradict a statement from a fellow passenger, Maggie Gremminger, who wrote in a series of tweets that the woman wanted to keep the dog in its carrying bag under her seat, but the flight attendant insisted she put the animal overhead.

Both Hobica and Charles Leocha, president of the airline passenger advocacy group Travelers United, think the company's leadership has created a culture where employees are treated poorly, which leads to bad customer service. "I'll never fly United", she tells TMZ.

A U.S. family say their dog was mistakenly flown to Japan instead of to their new home city of Kansas. "And (the flight attendant) said, 'You have to put it up there". United has said it accepts full blame for the death and called it a "tragic accident". According to them the flight attendant knew about the pet. "We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened".

John Kennedy, a republican senator from Louisiana says he plans to introduce a bill Thursday that would ban airlines from putting pets inside the overhead bins. "We express our deepest condolences".

In a second statement following the death of a French bulldog on an internal flight, United Airlines said that the flight attendant who placed a carrier in an overhead bin had no idea a dog was in it.

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The devastated family whose 10-month-old dog died in a plane's overhead baggage compartment has accused the flight attendant of lying.

Last year, United Airlines also found themselves in trouble after a doctor was violently dragged off a plane by officers.

But United Airlines points out that it flies more pets than the others and some of the pets that died on United flights had pre-existing medical ailments.

The Department of Transportation "is looking into the circumstances surrounding the recent death of a pet onboard a United Airlines flight", an agency spokesman said on Wednesday.

United has sustained a series of embarrassments on CEO Oscar Munoz's watch, from the death of a French bulldog on Monday to a gaffe on Tuesday that sent a Kansas-bound German shepherd to Japan. United also hit headline turbulence a year ago (17) when a doctor was violently dragged off a plane after he refused to give up his seat.

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