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United Airlines mistakenly flies family’s Kansas-bound dog to Japan


Three airport security officers at Chicago´s O`Hare International Airport viciously dragged Dr. David Dao on a flight to Louisville, Kentucky.

The violent incident was captured on cell phone camera by passengers on the United Express Flight 3411 to Louisville.

The graphic footage went viral and showed Dr. Dao’s bloodied face after the officers dragged him down the aisle, dropped his head on an arm rest, leaving him with a concussion, a broken nose and two missing teeth.

Ultimately, the airline was not punished over the incident that sparked national outrage.

The US Department of Transportation said it found no evidence that the airline violated the civil rights of the 69-year-old old and there was not enough evidence confirming it violated rules of bumping passengers off overcrowded planes.

April 2017 – BUNNY DEATH 

United sparked controversy that same month after Simon, a ten-month-old 3ft continental giant rabbit, died on one of its planes.

The ‘fit and healthy’ giant rabbit was expected to outgrow the world’s biggest rabbit, died in cargo hold of a United Airlines flight from Heathrow Airport to Chicago on April 19, its owner, Annette Edwards, said.

The rabbit died on the plane after it was accidentally shut in a freezer by bungling staff.

A mystery US celebrity buyer paid more than £2,000 to fly him from Heathrow to Chicago at the time.

According to a USA Today report, United Airlines accounted for one third of animal deaths in the United States over the course of five years.

The Transportation Department’s Air Travel Consumer Report reports ‘United had 53 animals die on its flights from January 2012 through February 2017.’ 

This is in comparison to the ‘total of 136 animals that died on all flights of airlines’.

The recent slew of onboard airline deaths of the animals do not necessarily mean United was responsible, as some were from natural causes.

June 2017 – TODDLER’S SEAT 

On June 29, A Hawaii woman was forced to hold her 27-month-old son on her lap after a flight attendant gave her seat to another passenger.

Shirley Yamauchi  said she purchased the airline tickets to Boston three months before the incident, Hawaii News Now reported.

Her son, over the age of two, was required to sit in his own seat on the plane. Yamauchi bought her son, Taizo’s ticket for nearly $1,000 before it was given up.

United Airlines issued an apology over the incident a few days after after the woman’s story went viral. 

 January 2018 – NO TOILETS

On January 14, United Airlines Flight 1219 intended to be a direct flight from Denver, Colorado to Kauai, Hawaii, was diverted to San Francisco because the toilets had not been serviced.

About five hours into the trip, the pilot announced the flight would be diverted to California.

When the plane finally landed in San Francisco, passengers got aboard another plane.

The flight, intended to last roughly eight hours, ended up being a 16 hour ride.

Passenger Rich Anderson told Fox 31 that ‘everyone was disgusted’ and he was headed to Hawaii to celebrate his anniversary with his wife Kristin at the inconvenient time.

He told the outlet they were halfway over the Pacific Ocean when the announcement was made.


A United Air flight from from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Alaska after a man vandalized two airplane bathrooms with his own feces.

‘We received a report of a passenger who had messed up the bathrooms with his own feces,’ Anchorage Airport Police Lieutenant Joe Gamache said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The man, who had a Vietnamese passport and held U.S. residency, was escorted off the plane and questioned by police after. 

The individual was not charged, but sent to a mental hospital for evaluation after. No injuries were reported. 


On March 12, a french bulldog died on a flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant its family put him in an overhead compartment for the flight. 

When the family landed, they found the dog, named Kokito, dead in its crate.

Just a day later, a family went to pick their dog at a United cargo facility in Kansas City, Missouri, and were given the wrong dog.

They later learned that heir dog had been put on a plane to Japan, instead of being sent from Oregon to Missouri with them.

This dog died after a United flight attendant made its owner store the French bulldog in an overhead cabin for the flight from Houston to New York