DOG DIED ON FLIGHT AFTER OWNER TOLD IT HAD TO BE IN OVERHEAD BIN
A dog that was traveling with its owner on a recent United Airlines flight died during the trip from Houston to New York when a flight attendant insisted that it had to be put in the overhead compartment. A woman who was on the flight told People that the French bulldog's owner had it in a dog carrier under the seat in front of her, but the flight attendant said it was blocking the aisle and had to go in the overhead bin. The owner at first refused, but finally did as the flight attendant said. The woman said they could hear the dog bark for about 30 minutes and it then was quiet. When they landed, the owner opened up the overhead compartment and found that her dog had died. United Airlines said that the incident should never have happened, that they assumed full responsibility, and that they were investigating so it wouldn't happen again. United's pet policy is that non-service animals are allowed to travel in the cabin for a $125 fee as long as they are in a carrier that fits under the seat in front of the passenger and stay there at all times.