United Airlines apologizes after puppy dies in overhead bin

United Airlines apologizes after puppy dies in overhead bin

For more than three hours, a passenger's dog was inside an overhead bin on United Airlines Flight 1284 from Houston to NY after a flight attendant told the passenger to put it there.

Animal rights group PETA called for the flight attendant involved in the incident to be fired and charged with animal cruelty in the dog's "horrific, terrifying death".

United Airlines has recently faced public ire when a woman's bulldog died after it was forced into an overhead bin by a flight attendant. "They plan their vacations around their dogs". "You're animal could be on any number of flights". The dog is scheduled to arrive in Wichita by Thursday night, though Swindle told the station she anxious "if he's going to be able to sustain this flight, because he is a 10-year-old dog". Thirteen other pets on United flights were injured. They say they wanted to check on him, but couldn't. "We couldn't stand up because there was a lot of turbulence so we weren't allowed to", Ceballos described.

When they landed, Robledo opened the overhead compartment and realized the dog wasn't moving.

"Today, I introduced the Welfare of Our Furry Friends Act, also known as WOOFF, w my colleague @SenCortezMasto", Kennedy tweeted.

Ceballos, along with her mother Catalina Robledo and brother were returning from Houston, Texas. Passengers didn't rush to get off the plane. "I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body". While the airline originally told Swindle that her dog could be quarantined for up to two weeks, they have since promised that a veterinarian will check on him in the airport and put him on a flight to Wichita, Kan. "Even being under the seat we have to visualize them so this isn't something where we just start the trip put them in there and then at the end of the trip take them out". It said it is investigating the flight and speaking to the flight attendant. Swindle wrote on her Facebook. "However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin", United spokesperson Maggie Schmerin told PEOPLE in a statement. During the flight, she and her mom anxious about Kokito.

The family says they don't plan to fly United ever again.

Munoz and United have received harsh criticism from both actress Olivia Munn and Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana.

The flight attendant claims that she was unaware that there was a puppy in the carrier when she asked that it be put in the overhead compartment.

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