Warning: Distressing content.
Passengers on board a United Airlines flight have described their horror after a dog died onboard after being forced into an overhead compartment by a flight attendant.
Writing on Facebook, passenger Maggie Gremminger described how the dog was carried in a TSA-approved dog carrier with a woman and her two children.
“Tonight I was on a plane where I witnessed a @united flight attendant instruct a passenger to place her dog carrier (with dog) in the overhead compartment. The passenger adamantly refused but the flight attendant went on with instruction,” she wrote.
“At the end of the flight — the dog was found dead in the carrier. I am heartbroken right now. I didn’t question the flight attendant, but I could have.
“I assumed there must be ventilation as surely the flight attendant wouldn’t have instructed this otherwise. I heard the dog barking a little and we didn’t realise it was barking a cry for help.
“My heart is broken. I am in shock and don’t know how I’ll sleep.”
Posting separately on Twitter, Gremminger said the dog was believed to be about 10 months old.