United mistakenly flies Kansas-bound dog to Japan

Ann Santiago
March 20, 2018

Flight 3996 banked toward northeast OH after the airline "chose the fastest option to reunite the dog with his family", Noonan said.

She confirmed that the human passengers were provided compensation for the inconvenience, but would not say how many there were.

Ian Petchenic, a spokesman for the flight-data company Flightradar24, told The Post that the flight averages about two hours.

This is United's second animal-related incident in less than a week. "However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin", United said in the statement.

United Airlines have an extremely poor record with animal welfare.

Kennedy, citing the U.S. Department of Transportation, said in a letter to the president of United that of the 24 animals that died in major airlines' care a year ago, 18 of those animals were in the care of United.


United Airlines is once again facing criticism for its treatment of animals - this time for sending a beloved family pet to the wrong country.

Kara Swindle and her two children had taken the United flight from OR to Kansas City, Missouri, during a move to Wichita, Kansas. The mix-up occurred during connecting flights in Denver.

Thankfully, Irgo's cross-Atlantic journey ended on Thursday and he is back home with his family.

"They had no idea where the dog was", said Swindle to CNN.

The company appears especially challenged by pet incidents.

Data from the US Department of Transportation shows that three times as many animals died on United flights previous year than on all the other US carriers put together.

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