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  1. The flight attendant and United Airlines are 100 percent to blame. The flight attendant must be charged with felony animal cruelty as well as additional civil charges including but not limited to deliberate infliction of emotional distress. Kokito died a slow,painful and horrific death. He was the little girl’s birthday present and was stolen from her to die alone in a dark airless box.

    • Yes, agreed. I remember this story clearly because it is so shocking and clearly an example of animal cruelty. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Bev.

  2. We all know how much it sucks to fly now and how you better be prepared for anything. The airlines put their employees in a pressure cooker environment with that on time, on time, we gotta be out of here on time, let’s go, etc., then the FAs pressure and bully all the passengers when boarding with get out of the aisle, sit down, move out of the way, we gotta go, etc. The airlines seem to pressure and enable someone who already has mental issues to believe that this bullying is part of their job until it explodes in their face like it did. I believe that this is why this already crazy FA was so adamant with this woman. Not saying the airline condones murdering dogs to get some where fast but they are still responsible. Also all the passengers are definitely at fault but passengers are so freaked out that these flight attendants can have them arrested and/or thrown off the plane, and they do at the slightest situation now under the guise of security. Of course it is outrageous that none of them would help this family. I am just commenting on the environment created by the airlines led to this perfect storm.

  3. Boycott UA. They have killed or shipped to the wrong place 3x as many animals as all the other airlines in the same time period. In fact they had 3 incidences in the same week. I got this info from 3 different published reports in legitimate news sources.

  4. According to eye witness accounts of passengers posting on their FB page and sitting behind and near the family the mom kept pleading with the flight attendant in English that her dog was in the legal pet carrier she used and she paid the pet fee. One of the passengers posted a pic of the deceased dog in a pet carrier. The Flight Attendant kept insisting in English she put it in the overhead according to the eye witness. If the Flight Attendant did not understand what the passenger was saying, perhaps she had an accent or was speaking what we call in CA Spanglish, she could have asked the daughter or gotten another Flight Attendant to assist. Language is no excuse for a Flight Attendant. It was also stated that UA policy explicitly states that animals do not go in the overhead. A FA gets trained by the airline and is responsible for knowing policy. Both the out of control power mad FA and the airline should face criminal charges for what happened. The family has hired an attorney. He wants to know what the airline is doing with this employee and wants criminal charges brought. A NY State Senator has gotten involved to demand justice also and bring criminal charges.

  5. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Dog-Overhead-Compartment-United-Airlines-Statement-Attendant-Didnt-Hear-Understand-Kokito-476859113.html

    So I’m going to put my personal knowledge out here. I live in the southwest and there are a large number of illegal people who don’t speak English as well as citizens or legal residents that don’t speak English well or at all. Their children are often their spokespersons. This is common knowledge especially in a state like Texas.
    Also consider the complicity of every passenger who knew the dog was stuffed up there.
    My experience in flying is passengers unless the seat belt sign is on run around the plane like hamsters. Did no one open that bin at all during the fight? Wouldn’t you check on your pet?
    One video says they were asked to put the dog in the overhead because it was blocking the aisle. This means that either they had other bags stuffed under their seats or that the carrier was not approved.
    I will try and keep up on this one as actual facts emerge. To me this rests on the flight attendant and I don’t care if she’s devastated or not and the pets guardians who simply went along with the demand.
    I don’t have much respect for the other passengers who watched this unfold while on the ground I’m guessing and did nothing.

  6. Questions
    Was the puppy put in the overhead prior to take off ? If yes why didn’t the family demand to be let off the plane. This in no way excuses the fight attendant and BTW there is usually more than one so what was the rest of the staff doing while this was going on ? Almost without fail you may keep any luggage that fits under your seat there and not in the overhead. https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/BaggageCarry-On.aspx

    Was this flight attendant fluent in English.

    But I go back to my first question. If someone told me to suffocate my pet I would refuse no matter what the consequences. End of story. There is great to do when flying with pets that the carrier be airline approved so it fits UNDER you seat. I’ve flown with one of my cats and know this is so. All dimensions related to the pet carrier are for under seat fitting not the overhead.

    • Absolutely agree with your second sentence and with your other comments. I’d refuse. There would be an almighty row, chaos etc and I talk to the supervisor or captain. That would solve the problem. Or I’d leave the aircraft.

      • Yes. No animal of mine will die like this on my watch. And yeah I would have checked the animal every 10 minutes of that flight. I think just opening the the overhead door many times would have helped if not prevented suffocation. Contributory neg.

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