A dog died on a Unite Airlines flight Monday after a flight attendant forced a passenger to put the pet in an overhead bin. According to June Lara, the passenger, a mother and two daughters were boarding a flight with a black French bulldog when a flight attendant said the dog would need to be in the overhead bin. "They assured the safety of the family's pet, so, wearily, the mother agreed".
The dog barked on and off for about 30 minutes of the flight, she said, but then fell silent.
By the end of the flight, the dog was dead.
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The owner had boarded United Flight 1284, from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to NY, on Monday, with her puppy in its carrier.
In a statement to Newsweek, United Airlines said it took "full responsibility" for the pug's death and are investigating.
"We didn't know it was barking a cry for help", she wrote.
"There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel".
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United Continental (UAL) apologized for the dog's death in an emailed statement on Tuesday, calling it 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.
According to United Airlines' policy, "domesticated" cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds are allowed to travel accompanied in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the U.S. An in-cabin pet can be carried in addition to a carry-on, for a fee.
The airline's pet policy states that "domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds" are permitted in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the USA with a $125 service fee.
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