The latest embarrassment for United Airlines comes only days after a French bulldog died on a flight from Houston to NY after a United flight attendant told its owners to put the dog in an overhead bin. Add United Airlines as an interest to stay up to date on the latest United Airlines news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
A United Airlines flight heading to St. Louis on Thursday was diverted after a pet was mistakenly loaded on the flight. New York State Senator Marison Alcantara (D-Manhattan) will be joined by the dog's family, along with animal activists and their pets in a protest against the airline.
United Airlines provoked worldwide outrage after a 10-month-old French bulldog died on one of its USA flights last week. "United Airlines does not care about the safety of their furry travelers".
On Monday, a French bulldog puppy named Kokito suffocated in an overhead bin, after a flight attendant insisted the owner stow the dog there for a three-hour flight from Houston to NY. The dog died during the flight.
"We chose the fastest option to reunite the dog with his family", said United spokesman Jonathan Guerin.
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When his owners in Wichita went to collect him, they were greeted instead by Lincoln, a Great Dane whose family live in Japan and were on their way there without him.
Texas authorities are reportedly looking into the possibility of animal cruelty charges over Monday's incident.
On Tuesday, a 10-year-old German Shepard named Irgo was flown to Japan instead of its intended destination in Kansas City, Missouri, the airline said. The airline declined to provide details about the compensation.
United said the mix-up occurred when two flights made connections in Denver.
"I don't want this to ever happen again", she said.