United Airlines chartered a private jet to fly home a German shepherd it mistakenly transported to Tokyo earlier this week.
Days after an outcry over the death of a United passenger's French bulldog, the airline appeared to want to get 10-year-old Irgo back to his family in Kansas City, Missouri, quickly.
The dog that died on Monday, Kokito, had been in a carrier that was put in an overhead bin at the insistence of a flight attendant.
Irgo has been reunited with his human family, according to Kara Swindle, his owner. She posted a video late Thursday showing Irgo greeting his family with an energetically wagging tail, jumping up to lick their faces, with Wichita posted as the location. She also posted photos of the dog on the private jet, posing with the flight crew.
The dog was mistakenly sent to Japan, while another dog that was meant to fly to Tokyo, a Great Dane, appeared when Swindle went to pick up Irgo.
United declined to say how much the trip back cost. But Henry Harteveldt, founder of travel consulting firm Atmosphere Research Group, said that whatever it cost, it was likely a small price to pay after the death of Kokito.
"It is pennies to try to stop that news," he said.