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Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Dog dies after flight attendant forces it into overhead bin

Dog dies after flight attendant forces it into overhead bin

"It was clearly a dog and while the customer was adamant about leaving it under the seat, the attendant pushed her to do so", she wrote in the first of a series of tweets.

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"There was some back and forth before finally the flight attendant convinced her to move the carrier to the bin above".

"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel", passenger June Lara writes in a Facebook post.

"I want to help this woman and her daughter". The owner did not discover the dog had died until after the plane landed.

Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on the flight, claimed the flight attendant denied knowing a dog was inside the carrier. Here's everything we know!

Gremminger's and Lara's posts about the incident are now going viral on social media.

"At the end of the flight, the woman found her dog deceased". United is facing online backlash. It was suspected that a two-hour flight delay, with temperatures in the 90s, was the cause of the dog's death. Earlier in the year, Simon the three-foot-long rabbit also died after a United Airlines flight.

However, the airline declined to comment on its official in-cabin pet stowage policy and whether the passengers have been compensated for their loss. The story was later picked up by The Points Guy, a travel consumer advocacy blog.

"The pet must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel and fit in specific dimensions".

When the woman was forced to place the dog in the overhead bin, Gremminger exchanged glances with the man next to her. According to Department of Transportation statistics on animal incidents on USA carriers, United has the highest rate of incidents involving loss, injury or death of animals during air transportation, with 2.24 incidents every 10,000 animals transported. United Airlines does not care about the safety of their furry travelers. In 2016 United Airlines had the highest number of animal deaths.

A witness said a flight attendant had ordered the pet owner to put the dog in the compartment before the plane took off.

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