Another ruff day in the press for United Airlines.
The company flew into its third doggy drama in a week on Thursday after loading a dog on the wrong plane — again!
According to Today, a dog leaving from New Jersey’s Newark airport destined for Akron, Ohio was accidentally loaded onto a plane heading to St. Louis, Missouri. Officials realized the mistake mid-flight, and rerouted the plane to fix the error.
This decision delayed the arrival of the plane and all of its passengers to St. Louis — but a cabin of pissed passengers was just collateral damage in the airline’s attempt to circumvent a storm of bad press for yet another pet mishandling.
As we reported, a French bulldog died on a United flight last week after a flight attendant insisted the pup be stored in an overhead bin for the entire trip. A day later, it was reported that the airline confused two dogs and accidentally sent one to Japan when the animal was supposed to take a much shorter trip to Kansas City.
In response to the latest dog-related mishap, an airline spokesperson said:
“United Express flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis diverted to Akron to drop off a pet that had been loaded onto this flight mistakenly. The pet has been safely delivered to its owner. We provide compensation to all customers on board for the diversion.”
Will the airline ever get its canine handlings in order?