Dog dies on flight after being forced in overhead bin

A dog has died on a United Airlines flight after an attendant forced the family to keep the pet in an overhead compartment rather than beneath the seat.  

“We were gonna put him under the seat and then the  flight attendants came, she said, ‘You have to put him up there because  it’s going to block the path.’ And we’re like, ‘It’s a dog, it’s a dog.’  And she’s like, ‘It doesn’t matter you still have to put it up there,’ ”  Ceballos recalled on GMA. “She helped her put it up, and she just closed it like it was a bag.”

The dog barked early on, but remained in the overhead bin for the three hour trip, and his death was discovered when the plane landed.  

United Airlines spokesperson Maggie Schmerin provided a statement, “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.”

 
 

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