A 10-month French bulldog named Papacito drew the short straw when a United Airlines flight attendant ordered its owner to stow the dog in the overhead locker.
The three and a half hour flight – from Houston to New York – saw the dog very dead when the plane landed and the locker scramble started.
According to United’s pet policy, pets “traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times.”
United has a bit of history when it comes to pet deaths on planes. A dog died in 2017 after being in the cargo hold of a plane; seven puppies died after a similar incident in 2010; a giant rabbit’s owner sued the airline after it died on a London-Chicago flight last year.