United mistakenly flies Kansas family's dog to Japan

That horrible story about the dog that died on the United Airlines flight? Sen. John Kennedy is looking into it

United Airlines has recently faced public ire when a woman's bulldog died after it was forced into an overhead bin by a flight attendant.

According to United passenger Catalina Robledo, the flight attendant told her she would have to put Kokito into the storage bin above the seats because his carrier was sticking into the aisle.

The dog, who could be heard whimpering and barking throughout the flight, was dead when the owners went to collect their pet once they reached their destination.

The Department of Transportation "is looking into the circumstances surrounding the recent death of a pet onboard a United Airlines flight", an agency spokesman said yesterday. "I can't even fathom that that would happen".

"We couldn't stand up because there was a lot of turbulence so we weren't allowed to". On the face of it, it does seem troubling the flight attendant was unable to hear or understand the legitimate protests of the pet owner and her daughter.

The controversy involved a French bulldog that was in a small carrier on a flight from Houston to NY.

"It's terrible now because now I'm thinking about hearing that dog and not knowing that it was needing help", Gremminger said. Unfortunately, United Airlines doesn't seem to get that, so I introduced legislation to ban the practice.

The girl described the moments after her mother realized that the dog had died.

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"The passenger adamantly refused but the flight attendant went on with the instruction", passenger Maggie Gremminger wrote. "You can't obviously refund the value of having a pet and a dog and it's someone who is part of the family", said Sayali Ketker, a passenger onboard a different United flight.

Some passengers of the flight reported the dog barked for more than half of the almost four-hour flight - before going silent.

United said it had concluded its investigation into the matter.

Fury erupted on social media over the incident, with many calling for United to explain what had gone wrong.

"As we stated, we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident", the statement continued.

"I will be filing a bill tomorrow that will prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins". Delta and American airlines each reported two animal deaths, Kennedy said in the letter. According to the US Department of Transportation, just over half a million pets flew in cargo in 2016 and of those, 26 died and 22 were injured.

Of course, there are two sides to every story and we haven't heard a first-hand account from the flight attendant - and we are unlikely ever to.

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