Dog death drama prompts Olivia Munn to boycott United Airlines

United came under fire for Kokito's death. The airline lost 18 animals during transportation last year

United came under fire for Kokito's death. The airline lost 18 animals during transportation last year

Texas prosecutors are mulling possible criminal charges in the death of a helpless French bulldog aboard a United Airlines flight.

As of April, United plans to start issuing bright colored bag for the customers that are traveling with an animal inside the cabin.

In a statement, United spokesperson Maggie Schmerin said the airline is "thoroughly investigating" what happened so that it never happens again.

United Airlines says the flight attendant who ordered the passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin didn't know there was a puppy inside.

According to the family and fellow passengers, the dog barked softly during the first part of the flight, but then the whimpers stopped.

According to Sophia, her mother asked if she could carry Kokito in her lap, but was told no.

"There were two people behind us who said they had the same dog, and they were like, 'You shouldn't do's not common to do this, '" Sophia said.

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The owners say they told the flight attendant twice that they had a dog inside the bag before they were forced to stow the bag in the overhead compartment.

Sophia Ceballos, who spoke on behalf of her mother Catalina Robledo, claimed a flight attendant lied about what really happened on the flight from Houston to NY.

"At this point, all I can do is be hopeful that my dog is going to be OK and return safely", said Kara Swiindle. The dog and its owner got off the flight, which left 20 minutes late.

"I write to demand an immediate explanation for the number of animals who have died recently in United Airlines' care..." They're trained to know what's safe and not safe during flight. "We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened". "We remain in contact with the family to express our condolences and offer support".

He cited figures from the Transportation Department that showed that out of 24 animals that died on U.S. carriers a year ago, 18 were on United flights. Most infamously, a giant rabbit called Simon travelling from London to the Iowa State Fair died on a United flight, possibly freezing to death because it was subjected to cold temperatures or placed next to dry ice. That comes out to 2.24 incidents for every 10,000 animals transported on United. Even on United, there was only one death for roughly every 4,500 animals transported previous year.

Alaska Airlines carried nearly 115,000 animals past year and reported just two deaths and one lost animal, the data show.

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