United plane heading to St. Louis diverted after pet mistakenly loaded onboard

United Airlines jet lands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark

United Airlines jet lands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark

A flight from Newark to St. Louis was diverted Friday after the airline realized a dog was "mistakenly" loaded onto the plane, United Airlines said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

The plane had to make a stop in Akron, Ohio to drop off the pet and reunite it with its owners. Some airlines refuse to fly certain breeds of cats and dogs, such as pug dogs and Himalayan cats, which are prone to breathing difficulties that can be exacerbated by air travel. All passengers on board the plane were compensated for the diversion, United Airlines said.

The findings come just days after after a 10-month-old French bulldog puppy named Kokito died while traveling from Houston, Texas to NY on a United Airlines flight. United said the dog was successfully reunited with its owner.

"However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin".

The airline on Tuesday similarly placed a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo on a plane to Japan instead of the one traveling to his intended destination in Kansas City, Mo.

After realizing the dog had been put aboard the wrong flight, the airline made a decision to have the plane follow the dog's itinerary.

IT'S not a great week to be flying with United Airlines if you're travelling with your pet.

On Monday, a French bulldog apparently died after a flight attendant forced the family to load their dog into an overhead compartment. The pet has been safely delivered to its owner.

According to an analysis of Department of Transportation (DOT) filings reviewed by Yahoo Finance, United Airlines reports more pet deaths than its peers. If United can't get a handle on how it handles animals, there could be real trouble ahead. Whether it's hurting customers, threatening them, or mishandling their pets, United can't seem to avoid controversy.

Altre Notizie