Earlier this week, a dog died on a United Airlines flight after a flight attendant told its owners to put the dog, in its carrier, in an overhead bin.
And now just a few days ago, United mistakenly sent a dog to Japan instead of Kansas.
The Swindle family was moving from Oregon to Kansas this week and sent their beloved German shepherd, Irgo, on a cargo plane to meet them in Kansas City, Missouri.
However, once they arrived to pick him up, he was nowhere to be seen. Instead of their German shepherd, they found a Great Dane. Unless Irgo had somehow morphed into a bigger dog during the flight, the Swindle family knew something went wrong.
They discovered that the Great Dane was supposed to be headed to Japan and realized that a mix-up had taken place. This obviously caused quite the panic for the Swindle family. Not only was this Irgo’s first time in an airplane, but he came down with an ear infection before the flight.
United apologized and said it would arrange the return of both pets to their owners as soon as possible. Yesterday, Irgo was flown from Narita, Japan to Wichita, Kansas on a private charter.
“He instantly jumped up and was crying,” said Kara Swindle. “When he’s super excited, he cries. It feels actually amazing to finally have him back.”
While the flight home was 11 hours, Swindle was glad to see Irgo treated like a king on the way back.
The Great Dane was also returned to his home in Japan.
In related news, read the story of the earlier United dog disaster in the next article below.