'Dog-in' at NY Airport to Protest Overhead Bin Death

'Dog-in' at NY Airport to Protest Overhead Bin Death

'Dog-in' at NY Airport to Protest Overhead Bin Death

NY reports that the dog was on United Express flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis, when it was supposed to be on a plane to Akron, according to the airline.

To rectify their mistake, the pilot diverted the entire flight to OH to drop the animal off safely.

Kokito died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York Monday, March 12 after a flight attendant allegedly insisted Catalina Robledo put their puppy in an overhead bin.

Before the diversion, the pilot announced the plane was landing in Akron because of "mis-boarded cargo", a passenger told WUSA9-TV in Washington, D.C.

Airline officials said it offered compensation to all passengers.

A third mishap involving a pet on a United Airlines flight has occurred in less than a week.

The 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane that United chartered from Japan.

Source Louis Nastro  Reuters
Source Louis Nastro Reuters

American Airlines, Delta, and Alaska Airlines each had two pets die during travels and only one injury or loss for each of the airlines.

United Airlines released a statement apologizing and taking full responsibility for the incident. No, not the one with the dog that died in the overhead bin. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Nevada Democrat, introduced the bill, known as the Welfare of Our Furry Friends (WOOFF) Act, on Thursday, which would prohibit putting animals in overhead compartments on aircraft on flights.

Maggie Schmerin, a United Airlines spokeswoman, told CNN the dog had been "loaded onto the flight in error" and was now "safely with its owner".

Cataline Robledo and her 11-year-old daughter and 2-month-old son brought their family dog onto a flight from Houston to NY in a pet carrier. Turns out United has a particularly frightful track record when it comes to safely transporting pets.

The dog was flown back to her on a plane after landing in Japan.

"Not exactly sure how, they aren't sure how either", Kara said.

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