On a United flight from Houston to New York City, tragedy struck when an airline flight attendant told a traveling mom that she had no choice but to put her dog, Papacito, in the overhead bin. The frazzled mom who was traveling alone with her young daughter and a toddler tried to argue but eventually was forced to comply.
Papacito, a beautiful black French Bulldog, could be heard barking throughout the flight before eventually going silent. When the plane landed, and the mother pulled the carrier out of the overhead compartment, there was no movement or sound. For ten minutes, the horrified mother tried to resuscitate him, but it was too late.
When the flight attendant realized what she was done, she seemed horrified and stated that she had not realized there was a dog in the carrier. United is claiming responsibility for Papacito’s death, and state that they are investigating the situation. Papacito’s carrier had met the airline’s safety standards to fit under the seat in front of the mother.
It is likely that the dog died from asphyxiation, as there is no air flow in the overhead compartments. There has been an online debate surrounding whether or not the mother should have complied, and why no one stepped in as the dog cried.