Which United foul-up are you referring to? The dog killed in the overhead compartment or the one sent to Japan by mistake? It's hard to keep track.
The current story is that the owner told the flight attendant that there was a dog in the bag, but the attendant didn't hear her. The bag was blocking the aisle- when the rules clearly state that animals must be in bags that fit under the seat. Flight attendants are under pressure to get everything stowed for on-time takeoffs .
My personal opinion is that people shouldn't be taking pets in the cabin. Many of us are allergic, and it's not really kind to the pets to insist on taking them on vacation. However, the proposed change to having brightly colored tags so attendants can clearly see which bags contain pets should help insure that this doesn't happen again.
It's also owner's fault...better to disembark than to close a dog in a hatbox
Responsible pet owners carry their dogs/cats in proper carriers that fit under the seat. It's also recommended that the animal be slightly sedated before the trip in order to avoid motion sickness and panic. French bulldogs have breathing problems (just like English bulldogs, they have a flat nose), so if there was a question of where the dog had to go, the owner should have disembarked rather than put it at risk. The median price for Frenchies today is around $2500. Prize lineage puppies can go for up to $10,000. United had better have a good written policy from now on, and pet owners had better think twice before subjecting their animals to life-threatening danger.
Incidents happen. BULLDOGS have breathing problems in Airplanes. MANY suggest that they should not go on planes for this reason. One reason you have a veterinary check for FIDO before you fly.
D'u think rulesapplied too tightly. WHICH RULE?
There is no rule that dogs go in the Overhead Bin.
In my years of dealing with Airline staff it is hard to believe that any Crew Member would knowingly demand that a live animal be placed in the overhead bin.
It is the Passengers responsibility to have an appropriate carrier that FITS UNDER THE SEAT.
There are TWO dogs involved in the Tokyo incident. BOTH went to the wrong destination. BOTH are safe and getting to where they are supposed to be.
ed when taken off me thu so-called excess luggage - 2 small bags vs, 1 . How about you?
MANY passengers try to take too much. TOO BAD FOR YOU that you were discovered and had your bag taken (probably paid a an extra fee)
It is not that hard to count to ONE.
I HAVE NEVER HAD a luggage issue. I also know what the rules are.
U.S. Department of Transportation says that two million animals travel on commercial flights each year. Some do not arrive at destination alive.
According to the federal Agriculture Department, 189 animals died on commercial flights from June 2005 to June 2011; of those animals, 98 — more than half — were brachycephalic breeds.
The dog in this situation was a brachycephalic breed.