NEW YORK, NY – A passenger’s dog died on a United Airlines Flight Monday, after a flight attendant forced the owner to put the pet’s carrier in an overhead compartment.
United issued a statement calling the death a “tragic accident.”
A spokesperson said the flight attendant shouldn’t have made the passenger put the dog in the bin for carry-on bags.
United says it will pay for the dog’s necropsy and is investigating the matter to prevent it from happening again.
A report from the US Department of Transportation says two-dozen animals died on US planes in 2017.
Eighteen of those pets were on United Flights.