Dog dies after airline worker has it placed in overhead bin

United Airlines has apologised and taken responsibility for the incident

United Airlines has apologised and taken responsibility for the incident

According to Travel + Leisure, passengers could reportedly hear the dog barking initially during the flight, and were horrified to learn the animal had passed away later in the trip.

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.

Gremminger said she is haunted by the sound of the black French bulldog barking during the flight, and then falling silent.

"The pet owner was very adamant that she did not want to put the pet carrier up above", Gremminger said.

A passenger boarded United flight 1284 from Houston to New York's LaGuardia airport, with the dog inside a TSA-approved carrier, the aviation website "The Points Guy" reported Tuesday.

United Airlines told ABC News it takes responsibility for the dog's death, but could not say whether anyone would be disciplined for Monday's incident. They lost their dog because of an @united flight attendant. She was holding her dog and rocking back and forth. "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. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body.


Hobart said United is investigating the incident and talking to the flight attendant, whom he declined to identify.

'The flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water, ' he wrote on Facebook.

"This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", United said in a statement.

In a statement, United called it "a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin".

There is no word yet on the official cause of death, though United has offered to pay for a necropsy, as well as refunding the family's tickets.

This month, United and Delta limited what animals are allowed in the cabin following incidents like a flier trying to bring on an emotional support peacock on board.

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