As we reported, a French bulldog died on a United flight last week after a flight attendant insisted the pup be stored in an overhead bin for the entire trip. It would explicitly ban placing pets in overhead bins and ensure reasonable access to food and water, among other measures. Marisol Alcantara (D-N.Y.), the ASPCA, animal rights activists, and pets at LaGuardia Airport to protest United Airlines after the death of 10-month-old French bulldog Kokito.
The protest consisted of animal rights activists, Kokito's family, and Marisol Alcantara, a democratic state senator in NY.
The family's attorney said they want to know what will happen to the flight attendant involved. "As we stated, we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident". United said there was a miscommunication between the flight attendant and Kokito's owner.
"She was like 'it's a dog, it's a dog and she said 'we have to put it up there, '" Sophia said. To prevent this from happening again, by April we will issue bright colored bag tags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets.
"United Express flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis diverted to Akron to drop off a pet that had been loaded onto this flight mistakenly".
John Kennedy, a Republican senator from Louisiana, is also demanding an explanation from United on its high rates of animal deaths in transit.