Never, Ever Place a Live Animal in the Overhead Bin

Dog in the overhead bin UnitedOn Monday, a United passenger on a Houston-to-New York LGA flight named Maggie Gremminger (who goes by @MaggieGrem on Twitter) sent five tweets upon landing that went like this…

This was obviously a tragic and unnecessary incident. I understand that it’s difficult for an airline to manage thousands of flight attendants, but there is absolutely no way a flight attendant should’ve given instructions to place an animal in the overhead bin. For its part, I was glad to see that United at least took responsibility. A United spokesperson provided the following statement to TPG: “This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. 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.”

If I’m ever a passenger in that situation, I would ask to speak to another flight attendant, then the pilot, and if they all continue to give me those bad instructions I would walk off the plane. That said, I don’t blame the passenger because she probably didn’t know the rules, and I wish her and her family the best in the wake of all this. Hopefully, this can serve as a reminder for everyone to never, ever place a live animal in the overhead bin.

Good to know: Here’s United’s pet policy.

Related: An Important Reminder for Travelers Flying With Pets

 

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Never, Ever Place a Live Animal in the Overhead Bin
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2 Comments on "Never, Ever Place a Live Animal in the Overhead Bin"

  1. She left the dog there for th entire flight??? Didn’t think to check up on it during the trip?

    Those bins don’t look like they’re air tight. Maybe it died from something else?

  2. I am just baffled how the owner could allow this and how the rest of the plane could ignore a crying puppy!!

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