Outlander Actor Slams 'Rubbish' United Flight

Graham McTavish says flight attendants joked about dogs in overheads days after dog died
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2018 8:06 AM CDT
Joseph Gilgun, left, and Graham McTavish attend the "Preacher" panel during Comic-Con International on July 22, 2016, in San Diego.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – When your airline is accused of mishandling pets, it's probably best not to joke about it, but United Airlines again finds itself making headlines barely a week after a dog died in one of its overhead bins. Per People, the latest incident comes courtesy of actor Graham McTavish, who appears in the Starz series Outlander. Just four days after the "tragic accident" on a Houston-to-New-York flight, McTavish says he was flying to the Windy City when he overheard some disturbing humor.

"Sorry, but my journey with @united today was rubbish," he tweeted late Friday. "Crew on the NOLA/Chicago leg making jokes about dogs in the overhead," followed by what he says was "rude" behavior when it came time for the in-flight meal. "Just makes a bad experience worse guys." He didn't elaborate on what the jokes were. A United rep tells People they're reaching out to McTavish to "get the facts and … investigate with everyone involved." (United accidentally put a dog on a plane to St. Louis—and another one in error to Japan.)

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