Other passengers reportedly heard the dog, believed to be 10 months old, barking during the flight before it was found dead upon landing at LaGuardia Airport.
The airline's policy states that all animals traveling inside the cabin should be in a carrier and 'fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times'.
"The passenger adamantly pushed back, sharing verbally that her dog was in the bag".
The flight attendant, Gremminger said, seemed shaken by the incident as well.
Gremminger said on Twitter she wants to find out the name of the dog's owners so she can help them. She said the woman was "very hesitant and reluctant", saying her dog was inside.
"We both knew it didn't feel right", Gremminger said.
It's unclear why or if the woman did not check on her pet during the flight.
I sat behind the family of three and thought myself lucky - who doesn't when they get to sit near a puppy?
"I'm sure the owner is going through the worst guilt", Gremminger wrote.
In the post, a woman who herself owns a French bulldog like the one who died on the flight, described watching the mother and two young children first be forced to lock the dog's kennel in the overhead compartment and then learn it was not breathing and attempt to resuscitate it. I think maybe she assumed it surely was safe. Of 40 total incidents involving animal loss, injury or death in 2017, 18 incidents involved an animal's death on United Airlines.
"This was a tragic accident that should have never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin", United said in a statement. Last June, rapper SchoolBoy Q accused United of putting his pet dog on the wrong flight to the wrong city during a layover.
'We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them.
According to social media posts from Laura and Gremminger, the flight was from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport to LaGuardia Airport in NY.
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