Democratic New York lawmaker to introduce bill to protect pets flying in aircraft



Dog dies on United flight after being placed in the overhead bin

United Airlines: We take full responsibility. Laura Ingle reports from New York City.

A Democratic New York state legislator said Sunday that the planned introduction of a bill that would give pet passengers the same rights as people while flying in aircraft.

Sen. Marisol Alcantara, the bill comes as a result of the uproar caused when a French bulldog named Kokito died after she was forced into an overhead bin by a United Airlines flight attendant last week.

“Let there be no bones about it, United in the doghouse,” Alcantara, D-Manhattan, said outside LaGuardia Airport as she was in the company of the family of the pup.

New York state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, D-Manhattan, poses with a dog.


Alcantara’s bill, called Kokito the Law, would bar pets be placed in overhead storage on board an aircraft, give pet passengers the same rights as people, force cargo holds to be placed and ventilated, and hold airlines to other safety standards, according to the New York Post.

The 10-month-old dog was killed during a United flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant put the dog carrier in an overhead bin. The family insisted that she told the supervisor there was a dog in the bag.

The family said they heard the dog bark and whine during the flight, but were prevented from getting up to check on the dog.

Rally goers to support Alcantara if she introduces a bill to protect passenger pets on flights.


“This was a tragic accident that never occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We take full responsibility for this tragedy and extend our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them,” United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin told Fox News in a statement. “We thoroughly investigate what happened to prevent this from ever happening again.”

The District Attorney’s Office in Queens, it is sad was investigating the dog’s death, according to the New York Post.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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