A bulldog reportedly died on a United Airlines flight after being forced to travel in an overhead bin.

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Bulldog reportedly dies in overhead bin on United Airlines flight

The airline said it assumes 'full responsibility.'


Kris Seavers


Posted on Mar 13, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:52 pm CDT

A French bulldog suffocated to death after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog to be placed in an overhead bin for the duration of a three-hour flight.

BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday that United Airlines confirmed the dog’s death and said it was “a tragic accident that should never have occurred.”

Passenger Maggie Gremminger witnessed the incident and tagged media in tweets explaining what happened on Monday. She said the dog’s owners—a woman, a teenage girl, and an infant—were traveling from Houston to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

The woman carried the black French bulldog in a standard pet carrier, and a flight attendant told her she would need to put the bag in an overhead bin because it didn’t fit under the seat, according to Gremminger. She said the woman was “very hesitant and reluctant,” and explained her dog was in the carrier.

“There was some back-and-forth before finally the flight attendant convinced her to move the carrier to the bin above,” Gremminger told BuzzFeed News.

After the flight, the woman was horrified to find the dog, which was reportedly not checked on during the flight, had died.

Gremminger said the woman was “shocked and heartbroken.”

“A stranger offered to hold her newborn while she sat on the floor there in the airplane aisle. She was holding her dog and rocking back and forth. Her daughter was also crying,” she said.

A spokesperson for United said the airline will investigate the dog’s death “to prevent this from ever happening again.”

“We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them,” the statement said.

H/T BuzzFeed News 

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*First Published: Mar 13, 2018, 10:58 pm CDT