This is so sad! Just last year, United Airlines made international headlines for forcefully dragging a passenger out of his seat on the airplane after he refused to give up his seat because he is a doctor and has appointments to see patients at a hospital the following morning.
The airline has caused yet another uproar after causing a puppy’s death on one of their airplane.
The heartbreaking incident occurred yesterday, March 13, and was shared on Facebook by netizen June Lara. Her post garnered over 149,000 shares in one day! During the incident, June was on an airplane from Houston to New York.
“Today, I boarded my first United Airlines flight. I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky – who doesn’t when they get to sit near a puppy?
“However, the flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water. They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow. They assured the safety of the family’s pet so wearily, the mother agreed.”
When they landed, the family opened the kennel to find their puppy unconscious. They called out the puppy’s name, Papacito, but there was no response. She continued,
“I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10 month old puppy. I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body. My heart broke with theirs as I realized he was gone.”
Feeling unhappy with how the cabin crew handled the situation, June added:
“This little guy fought hard for his life, filling our flight with his cries until he finally ran out of breath. United Airlines does not care about the safety of their furry travelers. This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them. There is no excuse for the pain this family is suffering.”
However, we can’t help but wonder why didn’t anyone check on the puppy after hearing his cries? Wouldn’t that alert at least the family to check on Papacito?
In response to the tragic incident, a United Airlines spokesperson said it was a mistake and that the flight attendant shouldn’t have instructed the mother to put the puppy inside the overhead compartment.
According to CNN, United Airlines allows pets in the cabin provided that they are transported in kennels that can fit under the seats.
United Airlines, you need to redeem yourself! Be sure ALL of your cabin crew goes through the standard requirement training all over again!! We hope the airline can prevent such tragedy from recurring in the future.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Papacito, may his little soul rest in peace.
(Source: Facebook / CNN / WOB)