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Oriental Redneck
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once the dog was found dead, the flight attendant became "frazzled" and insisted she did not know there was a live animal in the carrier.

Really? Is the carrier completely covered from all sides that you didn't know? Or, that the owner didn't tell you there was an animal in there? Something smells, here.
 
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United Airlines is the number one pile of jerks of all major airlines, and second place isn't close. They have been like this for more than 30 years. I stopped flying them in 1986 because of their awful "screw the customer with a sneer" attitude. They deserve to go belly up.
 
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UAL is really fucked up. That's why the Continental folks were really upset about their merger a few years back, because they know how fucked up UAL was. Even the UAL rank and file admitted to that.
 
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The PR costs far exceed the the liability. Th FA heard the dog barking and knew it was in the over-head. All the FAs knew. Deaf people are not allowed to work as FAs.

It is a cultural problem at UA.
Upper managers treat middle managers like stupid cattle.
Middle managers treat workers like stupid cattle.
Workers treat passengers like stupid cattle.
No one cares what happens to stupid cattle.




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A purebred dog is way more than $500 to replace.
 
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A purebred dog is way more than $500 to replace.


Like I said it varies.




 
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United f'cked up but who puts their dog in an overhead bin. I don't care what the FA told you to do. Get off the flight if that is the only option. Did she then not check on the dog during the flight. WTF


Yup.
4 hour flight. Rental car it is!


I agree that I would never have complied with such a stupid, ignorant order - but just for those who didn't go to the link for the story - it was a young mother traveling solo with an infant, an 8 year old girl and the dog...Not as easy to just give up an expensive flight and try to get a rental for a multi-hour drive...They may not have been able to afford to do that even if they had the time and ability to do it.



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French bulldog

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This breed already has marginal breathing without being in a stuffy enclosed space (if that is what happened).
 
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I agree that I would never have complied with such a stupid, ignorant order - but just for those who didn't go to the link for the story - it was a young mother traveling solo with an infant, an 8 year old girl and the dog...Not as easy to just give up an expensive flight and try to get a rental for a multi-hour drive...They may not have been able to afford to do that even if they had the time and ability to do it.

Plus, if she is a newby, she probably assumed it was okay because the FA instructed her to do it.



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I have only had Labs but I would want to strangle someone. NEVER fly with a dog you love


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Would this not be considered felony animal cruelty?
 
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United Airlines is the number one pile of jerks of all major airlines, and second place isn't close. They have been like this for more than 30 years. I stopped flying them in 1986 because of their awful "screw the customer with a sneer" attitude. They deserve to go belly up.


United is without a doubt the worst airline in existence. I haven't flown them in decades, preferring to pay extra rather than patronize those jackals.



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Would this not be considered felony animal cruelty?


Probably because there was no intention to harm.

If it had been, say, a Palm Cockatoo, they'd be in for $15,000.
Plus it's an endangered species.
Oh and it's a 2 year wait for a baby.





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Is there something specific about the overhead bin that would cause the dog to die? It's still a pressurized compartment. Or did it have a heart attack due to fear or something?


I'd guess that while the bins aren't sealed, the dog probably had limited airflow.

As guesses go, that probably a pretty solid one. The air volume would not be great just because of all the bags, and the doors would not allow in much fresh. Add in the fact that dog was probably agitated and breathing fast and heavy and it probably suffocated.

Sad. What a complete cock-up.
Add to that that French Bulldogs have very short noses restricting their breathing.

Although this may appear harsh, its not meant to be. These 'pet accidents' by the airlines are not uncommon. As such, any dog owner worth their salt should either find a friend or relative to keep their animal, or board them, while they're out of town. If you absolutely must take the dog (i.e. like when moving), drive.

There is no excuse for this by United, but as dog owners, we need to recognize that an aircraft is no place for a dog. Period.


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United fucked up, no question.

But people need to grow a fucking spine. I would not allow some moronic drone to put my family (human or pet) in danger.

Period.
 
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Well that is unfortunate.

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There is no excuse for this by United, but as dog owners, we need to recognize that an aircraft is no place for a dog. Period.


Yes, this.


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It is a cultural problem at UA.
Upper managers treat middle managers like stupid cattle.
Middle managers treat workers like stupid cattle.
Workers treat passengers like stupid cattle.
No one cares what happens to stupid cattle.


Contrast that with the perceived culture from Southwest and how their employees seem so much happier. They seem to stay out of the news for the most part, too.


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Contrast that with the perceived culture from Southwest and how their employees seem so much happier. They seem to stay out of the news for the most part, too.
Yup, that's my experience. The 3,500 sq ft hangar that I rent is owned by a senior SouthWest captain. He, along with his wife and daughter, and my wife and I, socialize together. Dinner, or grab a few beers, or go to the gun club to shoot. He really likes his job, and all the other SouthWest pilots I have met seem to be easygoing, friendly guys.



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There are a few interviews with Herb Kelleher on youtube, I highly recommend them.

His basic philosophy is that employees come before customers, because employees are your best asset. And if you treat your employees right, they will do the same for the customers.

And this shows with how much Southwest employees love their job and how they treat the customers.




 
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United is without a doubt the worst airline in existence. I haven't flown them in decades, preferring to pay extra rather than patronize those jackals.

I don't know how they've stayed in business.



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