United Airlines Issues Statement After Giant Rabbit DIES On Flight To O'Hare
United Airlines has barely recovered from its last scandal, and now, another incident has occurred on one of their planes. Simon, a giant rabbit that was in the running to become the world’s largest, died in a plane’s cargo hold on a flight bound for O’Hare airport.
The 3-foot long bunny and its owner, Annette Edwards, were en route from Heathrow to meet the animal’s new owner. “Simon had a vet’s check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle,” Annette told The Sun. “Something very strange has happened and I want to know what… I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before.” The rabbit was just 10 months old, approximately seven years shy of its life expectancy.
On the heels of a series of incidents — legging-clad girls rejected from flight, a viral video of a bloodied passenger being dragged from a plane, and most recently, an emergency landing in Costa Rica — United is left playing damage control yet again. “[We] were saddened to hear this news,” the company said in a statement to BBC. “The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team… We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.”