Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
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Dog sent overseas by mistake returned to Kansas family

Dog sent overseas by mistake returned to Kansas family

The dog, which had been packed into a carrier, was dropped off in Akron, Ohio, and eventually reunited with its owner. Turns out United has a particularly frightful track record when it comes to safely transporting pets.

According to United, compensation was offered to all passengers as a result of the diversion.

While the flight should have averaged two hours, following the pup's itinerary turned into a four-hour marathon for passengers, who spent roughly an hour and a half on the ground in Akron, a spokesperson for flight-data company Flightradar24 told the Washington Post.

United Airlines had another issue with one of its canine travelers. On Monday, a flight attendant made a passenger store her dog in an overhead bin on a flight from Houston.

The incident has brought upon a new policy for United Airlines.


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.

A dog that United Airlines mistakenly flew to Japan is back with its family in Kansas. The mix-up occurred during connecting flights in Denver.

The company appears especially challenged by pet incidents.

United Airlines is retiring its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft that are affectionately known as the ÒQueen of the SkiesÓ and marked the occassion with a final flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.

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