United jet diverted due to pet on wrong flight

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The protest consisted of animal rights activists, Kokito's family, and Marisol Alcantara, a democratic state senator in NY.

This is the third incident involving dogs on United flights this week.

The French bulldog that died on the Houston to LaGuardia flight, named Kokito, was a gift to 11-year-old Sophia.

Senator Alcantara argued the family should not have had to put the dog in the overhead bin. Delta and American airlines each reported two animal deaths, Kennedy said in the letter. A flight attendant said that the carrier was blocking the aisle and that it must be placed in the overhead compartment, but her mother said it had Kokito inside. The airline accepted responsibility for the tragedy.

"We have spoken to the family, our crew and a number of passengers who were seated nearby. We provide compensation to all customers on board for the diversion". It would explicitly ban placing pets in overhead bins and ensure reasonable access to food and water, among other measures. "As we stated, we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident".

In response to McTavish's claims, United has "reached out to our customer to get the facts and will investigate with everyone involved", airline spokesperson Maggie Schmerin told People. The dog died during the flight.

United has had the highest rate of pet deaths of any U.S. airline for the past three years.

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