Where Paris Hilton's dog flies on American Airlines

Where do Paris Hilton and other celebrities stow their dogs during takeoff and landing on American Airlines flights between New York and Los Angeles?

According to an American Airlines executive who gave me a tour of an aircraft last week at LAX, these important dogs spend part of the flight in a roomy compartment just behind the boarding door. Apparently, that's a perk you get when you spend $3,000 or more on a round-trip ticket. 

I snapped a photo of the cubby before the door quickly closed. 

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American is the only airline to offer a true first class product on coast-to-coast routes, operating an Airbus A321 with first, business and economy cabins. The first class cabin, where the celebrity dogs tend to fly, has only one seat on either side of the aisle. 

I suppose if I paid $3,000 for a ticket, I wouldn't be so pleased with someone else's dog in the cabin. But perhaps I am in the minority. What do you think?