The flight was nearly 4 and half hours. The dog was barking from the overhead bin for at least 30 minutes but was dead by the time the owner went to get the dog when the plane landed. The lack of air might have played a part in the loss of the pet. “This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again,” the airline said in a statement.
Dog in a carrier
In fact, United’s pet policy states that the appropriate storage space is at the passenger’s feet, “in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel.” United allows domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds (excluding cockatoos) to travel accompanied in the aircraft cabin. Of 40 total incidents involving animal loss, injury or death in 2017, reported to the Department of Transportation, 18 incidents involved an animal’s death on United Airlines.