WASHINGTON, March 13, 2018. – Papacito the French Bulldog did nothing wrong. And now a beautiful ten-month-old French bulldog puppy, Papcito, is dead. Giving new meaning to the word heartless, a United Airlines flight attendant shoved the animal into the overhead bin.
Having spent time stuffing smaller things than this pup into an overhead bin, the assumption has to be the pup was crushed, finally running out of air. As a brachycephalic, or short-snouted, animals, Papacito never had a chance.
Either way, it had to be terrifying for the puppy trapped in the dark. Unable to move. With the air diminishing.
Not to mention traumatic for the mother and child who found Papacito, the French Bulldog dead.
Maggie Gremminger, who was also on the flight from Houston to LaGuardia, posted about the incident to Twitter (embedded with permission stated in Twitter feed):
— MaggieGremminger (@MaggieGrem) March 13, 2018
Reports of the incident are that the attendant insisted that the woman put her dog, which was in a TSA-approved pet carrier, in an overhead bin for the rest of the flight. The dog was barking, for a while. When the flight landed they knew why the dog had become silent.
The following was posted to Facebook and is embedded with permission from June Lara.
“There was no sound as we landed and opened his kennel,” passenger June Lara writes in the Facebook post. “There was no movement as his family called his name. I held her baby as the mother attempted to resuscitate their 10-month-old puppy.”
United Airlines needs a heart transplant (meaning they could learn hospitality from Southwest)
A United spokesperson addressing the incident says:
“This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”
According to United’s website, its policy for onboard pets is:
“A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel.”
But it says nothing about stuffing them into the overhead bin. First the hamster on Spirit Airlines and now Papicito on United Airlines. People, I would think twice before booking airlines travel with anything helpless.
The not so friendly to animals skies of United Airlines
According to Market Watch and Department of Transportation Data, United Airlines had the most animal deaths of all U.S. airlines for 2017. The third year in a row that they have had this dubious honor. In 2017, they had 18 animals deaths, an increase over nine in 2016.
Statistically, that number is low.
But tell that to the family that has lost a beloved pet who, in their hearts, is a member of their family.
Last year United Airlines was criticized when a Continental Rabbit, one of the world’s biggest rabbits, was found dead following a flight from London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare.
The animal was found dead after being placed in a kennel, on the ground, at the airport.
A lawsuit was filed by three Iowa Businessmen who bought the rabbit. The lawsuit says United was negligent in the care and transportation of Simon and that they improperly cremated the rabbit.
The Ugly Airline trickles down to crew
It began when they demanded the term Steward or Stewardess was demeaning. Following 9/11 flight attendants were given a lot more “power” over passengers. And years of abuse at the hands of those crammed into too small seats, has taken its toll.
No longer was the passenger right, they arre always wrong. Sit, with your seatbelt fastened, and say nothing. There was the doctor, dragged off the plane after being selected by a computer, to make room for the crew that needed to get to their next base.
Or the girls, wearing leggings, who were tossed off the plane for not being appropriately dressed as they were traveling on airline passes.
Power hungry steward or stewardess berating passengers is beyond acceptable. Yes, passengers need to work with crew to ensure everyone’s safety. And treat the crew with respect.
But the majority of people that fly just want to get somewhere. Also, it’s not free to fly and we should trust you won’t kill our dogs, for whom a fee of $129 has been paid to fly, or threaten us with arrest or being tossed off the plane.
There are many wonderful people that fly airplanes and assist passengers. But the crappy attitude encountered on too many domestic airlines is way too prevalent. The bag of peanuts hardly compensation for the experience of domestic air travel.
And United, bad airline, bad. Very, very bad.