United Airlines fail again as giant bunny dies on board

Rianne Houghton
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From Digital Spy

Oh dear. It's not been a good month for United Airlines.

Just weeks after the shocking incident which saw a passenger forcibly removed from one of the airline's flights, one of the world's biggest bunnies has died in its care.

In news that is equal parts awkward and straight-up sad, Simon the rabbit sadly passed away while being transported in the cargo hold from Britain to Chicago. RIP, Simon!

Simon, whose owner Annette Edwards has insisted was healthy before the flight, was a 10-month-old Continental Giant rabbit, and his dad was a Guinness World Record holder at 4-foot long.

Talking to The Sun, Simon's owner Annette said: "Simon had a vet's check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle.

"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."

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In a statement, United Airlines confirmed that they are reviewing the matter. "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," they said.

This latest incident involving United Airlines comes shortly after online footage showing a man being dragged down one of their aircraft's aisles went viral.

The airline's CEO Oscar Munoz has since apologised for what happened, admitting he was "disturbed" by the scenes recorded on the flight.

"The truly horrific event that occurred on this flight has elicited many responses from all of us: outrage, anger, disappointment," he said in a statement.

"I share all of those sentiments, and one above all: my deepest apologies for what happened."

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