Dog Dies On A Flight After Flight Attendant Forces Passenger to Put The Carrier into The overhead Cabin
Abuse of the emotional support animal protections has prompted airlines such as United to
restrict which types of animals can be carried onboard. However, United cabin crew on a flight Sunday 11th March, reportedly went too far.
According to a passenger on United fight 1284 ,a passenger boarded the flight with a TSA-compliant pet carrier with a small dog inside.The flight attendant insisted that the passenger put the carrier — with the dog inside — in an overhead bin for the duration of the flight.
The passengers reported hearing barking for part of the flight. By the end of the trip, horrified passengers found the dog had died in-flight.
TPG reached out to United for comment, but the airline did not immediately respond. United’s website policy on pets says:
A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times….
A customer traveling with an in-cabin pet cannot be seated in the bulkhead or an emergency exit row.
I hope that United Airlines —and other airlines — will use this as an example to ensure that policies are clarified with cabin crew to prevent such a situation from happening again.