United mistakenly flies Kansas-bound dog to Japan

United's Most Recent PR Disaster Required a $90000 Make-Good to One Family

Animal lovers protested at New York's Laguardia Airport after a puppy stowed in the overhead bin on a United Airlines flight died.

Since then, United Airlines has been under fire for the incident. The pet was delivered safely to its owners and all passengers on the flight were compensated, United said.

"This decision was made in the interest of "[choosing] the fastest route to reunite the dog with his family", United spokesperson Natalie Noonan said in a statement via email to TODAY.

Senator Alcantara argued the family should not have had to put the dog in the overhead bin.

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Kennedy, citing the U.S. Department of Transportation, said in a letter to the president of United that of the 24 animals that died in major airlines' care previous year, 18 of those animals were in the care of United.

United Airlines has suffered a number of recent pet mishaps.

Fellow passenger Maggie Gremminger said that "The flight attendant was asking her to move it, continuing that request even though the passenger was mentioning it was a dog", and that they heard barking when the plane took off. "We provided compensation to all customers on board for the diversion". It would ban placing pets in overhead bins and make sure they have access to food and water. A further 13 pets ended their United flight with some kind of injury.

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It comes after a puppy died while flying on a United Airlines flight last week.

"Pets, including dogs, are now family members", Kennedy said.

United has had the highest rate of pet deaths of any USA airline for the past three years.

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