United Airlines Could Face Criminal Charges in Dog Death
Prosecutors in New York and Texas are considering criminal charges against United Airlines in the death of a pet dog after the TSA-approved carrier it was in was placed in an overhead bin on a Houston-New York flight.
Fox News reports the dog’s owners said a flight attendant forced them to put the carrier in the overhead bin even after they told her their dog was inside it. The dog, named Kokito, kept barking during the flight, but the family said they couldn’t stand up due to turbulence and there were no flight attendants around.
ABC News reports United said the flight attendant did not hear the dog’s owners say there was a dog in the bag and released a statement that reads in part, “...our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin...we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident."
Houston Public Media reports United said they will now begin issuing brightly colored bag tags to people traveling with pets.