New details emerged this morning in the sad death of a 10-month old puppy aboard a United flight on Sunday night. ABC News is now reporting that the flight attendant did not know that there was a puppy in the carrier bag when she forced the passenger to place it in the overhead bin. Apparently, the flight attendant was “frazzled and shocked” when she learned upon landing that there was in fact a puppy in the carrier.
“She said that she did not know there was a dog in the bag and if so she never would have instructed it to be put in the bin above.”
United continues to take full responsibility for the incident:
“This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin,” United said in a statement. “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.”
Fellow passengers are telling multiple press outlets that the dog was in the bin for the full 3 hour flight and was not taken out or given water at any point. Although tragic, one has to ask why the owner didn’t think to check on the dog at all throughout the entire flight, though other passengers are claiming that she was too frightened from the scolding flight attendant and didn’t want to upset her further.