The dog, a black French bulldog that was traveling in a pet carrier, was placed in the compartment shortly before United Flight 1284 left Houston for NY around 6 p.m. Monday, said Maggie Gremminger, 30, who was seated behind the pet owner.
In Monday's episode, the pet owner discovered her dog was dead shortly after the plane landed at La Guardia Airport.
United Airlines said they take full responsibility for the incident. This poor family paid $125 for their pet to be murdered in front of them. Passenger Maggie Gremminger heard the dog barking during the fight and were horrified to find out the dog passed away.
United Continental apologized for the dog's death in an emailed statement on Tuesday, calling it a "tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin". Gremminger says the woman "adamantly pushed back" and clearly stated their was a live dog in the bag.
According to The New York Post, a flight attendant insisted that the woman put her dog in an overhead bin for the rest of the flight. "The woman was crying in the airplane aisle on the floor". I cried with them three minutes later as she sobbed over his lifeless body.
'The flight attendants of flight UA1284 felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water, ' he wrote on Facebook.
United have offered to pay for a necropsy of the small dog and issue a full refund on flight tickets. "My heart is broken", Gremminger tweeted along with photo of the passenger.
According to the airline's website, pets are allowed on most flights within the U.S. In-cabin pets must travel in approved kennels that can fit completely under the seat, where the kennel must remain at all times.
United said it was taking responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight, saying pets should never be put in the overhead storage compartment.
"We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again", added Schmerin.
This incident follows the death of giant rabbit on board a United Flight in 2017, and the horrific assault of passenger David Dao as he was dragged from his seat.