United flight diverted because pet 'mistakenly' put on plane

Gladys Abbott
March 19, 2018

In the latest incident, a flight from New Jersey to St. Louis had to be diverted to Ohio's Akron-Canton Airport on Thursday because a dog had been loaded aboard it by mistake, reports Fox 8.

NY reports that the dog was on United Express flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis, when it was supposed to be on a plane to Akron, according to the airline.

Passengers were offered compensation due to the diversion, however the airline declined to provide any further details.

This was the third incident involving United Airlines mishandling dogs during the past week.

The airline "chose the fastest option to reunite the dog with his family", according to spokesperson Natalie Noonan.

Earlier this week, 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo was sent to Japan instead of Kansas after a mix-up on a United flight.

"I don't want this to ever happen again", she said.

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"Somehow, in-between going from Denver to Kansas City the two dogs got switched".

"Pets are not luggage, and they should not be put in the overhead compartment", she said.

After being separated from their dog for almost four days, the family was reunited Thursday with Irgo, who traveled back to the Wichita airport by private charter. As we stated, we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident.

The incident on a Houston to LaGuardia flight has prompted outrage online and among animal rights activists.

United said in a statement that the flight attendant did not realize the dog was inside the carrier because she did not hear the passenger's warning.

Eighteen of the 24 animal deaths on major USA air carriers in 2017 occurred on United flights. He added that in order to prevent another situation like this, the airline will issue bright-colored bags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets.

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