The United dog

Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share

14 March 2018

The real reason the United dog died

By now, most of you have heard of the United dog death in which a passenger was forced to put her dog in the overhead compartment. And the little Boston Terrier died in there.

This warrants outrage as I can’t imagine how any flight attendant thought that was a good idea. To be fair, reports suggest the attendant appeared distraught after realizing what happened to the United dog.

“For someone with long legs, like myself, stretching is a freaking pipe dream. Unfolding myself to de-plane is like playing a complicated game of Twister.”

 

United dogBut the real culprits to blame are the United Airlines officials themselves. The policies of the airline state that pets in carriers “must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times.” But it makes complying harder and harder.

For those of us who fly enough, we know the real reason this took place. Because airlines, in squeezing as much money they can out of us, shrink the legroom inch by inch year by year until you can’t even put a small carrier under the seat.

The United dog died because airlines execs are greedy

I want to be fair here. Reports say the passenger was also carrying an infant, so there may have been a second bag. But I can tell you from experience. When even flying in business class, there’s about enough room under the seat for the tiny bag of peanuts they give you on the flight.

For someone with long legs, like myself, stretching is a freaking pipe dream. Unfolding myself to de-plane is like playing a complicated game of Twister.

Already, we’re seeing passengers fighting, tempers rising and even passengers being dragged out and beaten. You’re misplacing the blame if you’re criticizing the passenger or the flight attendant.

It’s the greed of the airlines themselves. They want fewer flights with the most passengers they can cram into each plane.

So, it’s kind of hard to feel bad for United, when its fourth quarter earnings rise 46% and it collects $580 million in profits.

My sympathy lies with the United dog.

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