Outrage after dog dies in plane’s overhead luggage bin

Outrage has erupted online after a dog was found dead in its carrier after reportedly being forced into a United Airlines overhead luggage bin by a flight attendant.

A heartbroken passenger took to social media overnight after witnessing the horrifying incident unfold on a flight from Houston to New York on Monday.

“Tonight I was on a plane where I witnessed a @united flight attendant instruct a passenger to place her dog carrier (with dog) in the overhead compartment. The passenger adamantly refused but the flight attendant went on with instruction,” Maggie Gremminger said.


“At the end of the flight — the dog was found dead in the carrier. I am heartbroken right now. I didn’t question the flight attendant, but I could have.

“I assumed there must be ventilation as surely the flight attendant wouldn’t have instructed this otherwise. I heard the dog barking a little and we didn’t realise it was barking a cry for help.

“I am so heartbroken”.

In a separate post on Twitter, the woman said the dog, which was in a TSA approved dog bag, was about 10-months-old.

The woman’s emotional post instantly went viral with United Airlines issuing a statement taking full responsibility for the tragedy.

“This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin,” the airline said on Tuesday.

“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.”