The dog's owners, a woman, a teenage girl, and an infant, were traveling with from Houston to New York's LaGuardia on Monday, passenger Maggie Gremminger, who witnessed the incident, told BuzzFeed News.
A woman traveling with a teenage girl and an infant boarded Flight 1284 from Houston to NY. yesterday (March 12) with a 10-month-old French bulldog inside a TSA-approved carrier, according to fellow passenger Maggie Gremminger, who was sitting behind them.
A dog was found dead after being stuffed in a travel bag and stored in an overhead bin during a United Airlines flight.
'How could a trained flight attendant instruct a passenger to place her dog in that bin. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. Last June, rapper SchoolBoy Q accused United of putting his pet dog on the wrong flight to the wrong city during a layover.
"They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow", he wrote on Facebook. United's website says that pets that come on a plane must remain under the seat in front of the customer throughout the flight. He said the airline refunded the tickets purchased for the dog owner and her two children and the fee that they paid to bring a pet on board - typically $200. "They assured the safety of the family's pet so wearily, the mother agreed".
At least one flight attendant seemed unaware that a live animal was in the carrier, People reported.
He said the puppy was traveling with his wife Catalina and their two kids back home to NY from a visit with him in Houston, where he is now working. The flight was almost 4 and half hours.
The carrier has apologised for the tragic loss, saying "We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them".
A spokesperson for United could not say if anyone had been disciplined in relation to the incident.
"We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", Schmerin added.