Dog death on United Airlines flight leads to U.S. investigation

Dog death on United Airlines flight leads to U.S. investigation

Dog death on United Airlines flight leads to U.S. investigation

United has suffered a string of incidents that generated bad publicity in the past year, including the violent removal of a passenger from a United Express plane to make room for a crew member, and the death of a giant rabbit - its Iowa owners sued the airline, which they said cremated the animal to destroy evidence about the cause of death.

- A United Airlines flight attendant made a family put their puppy and its TSA-compliant pet carrier into the overhead bin for a flight from Houston to New York City Monday night.

Senator John Kennedy wrote a letter Wednesday to the president of United Airlines demanding an explanation to the number of animal deaths aboard the airlines' flights.

The statement said prosecutors won't decide if criminal charges are warranted until the investigation is completed.

A day after United Airlines faced a backlash over a dog's death in an overhead luggage compartment, the company is dealing with another canine-related mistake after a German shepherd meant for Kansas was instead flown to Japan.

The Department of Transportation says United Airlines led all other USA carriers when it comes to pets dying on their aircraft in the period from 2015 to 2017. But the United employee didn't give her a choice.


Schmerin said the airline plans to change its pet travel policy to ensure something like that never occurs again.

The puppy's owners and passengers said they protested as a stewardess put Kokito - inside an approved carrier - into the storage area before the plane left Houston.

Catalina Robledo and her daughter Sophia Ceballos told ABC News that they were forced to remove the soft kennel bag holding their dog from the seat in front of them and put it in the overhead bin before the flight took off. While he doesn't see Munoz or President Scott Kirby losing their jobs, he said, "Any one of these instances are awful on their own, but you link them all together and you realize you've got a problem".

The ill-fated pooch barked for a decent amount of time on the four-hour flight to New York's LaGuardia Airport, his owners have said, but no one could get to him. We have notified our customers that their pets have arrived safely and will arrange to return the pets to them as soon as possible. A United spokesman has issued a statement about Monday's tragedy. "We. express our deepest condolences". Most infamously, a giant rabbit called Simon travelling from London to the Iowa State Fair died on a United flight, possibly freezing to death because it was subjected to cold temperatures or placed next to dry ice. Last year, a man was violently dragged out of a United Airlines flight.

According to Department of Transportation, United has the highest rate of incidents involving loss, injury or death of animals during air transportation - 2.24 per every 10,000 animals transported. Alaska Airlines, which carries only 17 percent fewer animals, had just two deaths a year ago.

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