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Animals On Board - What Have You Seen?  
User currently offlinetennis69 From Qatar, joined Apr 2007, 405 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4024 times:
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Last night on QR 119 DXB-DOH a guy comes on board with a 1 year old Falcon sitting on his hand. The crew looks at the bird, says nothing, and the guy goes to his seat. Must be a common occurance in the middle east.

What's the strangest animal you've seen in the cabin?

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User currently offlineTruemanQLD From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1581 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

Never seen an animal onboard, not even a guide dog. Fairly sure it is illegal on flights in/out of Australia (except G-Dogs) but could be wrong.

User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

I took a cat from OKC-DEN-FRA-SZG on 31 July. Got extra attention from the FAs. There was a large service dog a few rows up, but it didn't cause any trouble.

User currently offlineLentini2001 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4000 times:

A cat that got out and was running under the seats in the cabin on a Vegas to Newark flight a couple of years back, there were a few screams as passengers felt something running past their legs - not what you really expect to happen I guess  

User currently offlinemauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3990 times:
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I hadn't noticed an animal on board for a long time until about 6 months ago. SFO-MCI on Frontier (Republic) A woman was in first row bulkhead - cabin had first four rows of "stretch seating" 2x2 with extra pitch. She had a large german shepard with the medical assist harness -- lying at her feet. The dog was highly trained and well behaved, but it couldn't help at times spilling it's front paws over in the aisle. Woman constantly had to direct the dog's feet back in place when carts and people needed past. Felt sorry for the poor dog. And for the person sitting in the window seat next to her who was expecting extra room. The woman was very chatty with the crew and was up and down to lav several times during the flight. One FA finally very politely in passing conversation asked why she had the dog. The pax explained she had an anxiety disorder. That dog would have never fit in the economy cabin rows. So, does a carrier have to give a customer with an medical assist animal - an upgrade to bulkhead or biz or FC seating with more pitch to make room if economy is not possible for the animal to fit? Curious.

User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

Most US airlines allow small animals as long as their carrier can fit under the seat. I've seen a few dogs and cats over the years and that's about it. Service animals are allowed as well, but I don't think I've been on a flight with one ever.

Now back in my days as a ramper for ASA, I saw the usual dogs and cats, as well as the occasional bird or lizard, but once someone was shipping a coatimundi as cargo. Now that was a cool looking critter.

User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3964 times:
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Years ago on an SAA 744 JNB-SID-JFK a woman a couple of rows ahead of me in J had a little dog with her. It didn't make a sound the entire flight, when we got off at SID the dog was running round the terminal.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineALTF4 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

Seen animals twice. Once the woman smuggled the hotdog dog in her purse. This was on DL, and DL did and still does allow animals if they fit under the seat. She freaked out when the FA saw the dog, and started apologizing - the FA gave her a weird look and I explained that animals were allowed. Strange.

Second time, another hotdog dog was in a little carrier, but barely fit in it. This woman literally folded the dog in half (she put her arm on its mid section, and pulled the head and tail together) to fit it in the carrier and under the seat. I couldn't stop laughing, and the dog started barking. People looked around trying to figure out what the commotion was. Unfortunately that dog hadn't been washed in what smelled like 3 years. Nasty.

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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1304 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

I've only seen cats and dogs (and the occasional fly, although I don't think it belonged to anyone in particular). When I flew PWM-LGA last month (on a CRJ-700, in case anyone is wondering), I noticed a woman with a dog who would be on my flight; since I'm allergic, I asked the gate agent if one of us could be reseated (in case she was seated near me), and the agent moved the woman with the dog up several rows. Of course, an older couple with two cats (which I'm worse with than dogs) take their seats diagonally across from me    Ultimately, though, they moved forward as well to sit with their son I think.


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User currently onlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1632 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

A plane load of up to 21 thouroughbred horses on a very regular basis. Also had a belly full of ferrets once to Philly, that stunk.

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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

Like srbmod, I've seen a few cats and small dogs in carriers that fit under the seat. JetBlue, though, apparently allows even large dogs on their flights. On a SMF-JFK flight two years ago there was a big yellow lab sitting across the aisle from me, and I noticed a few other people bringing large dogs on that flight.

User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

Only once, a small dog on a lead (no carrier!) on NCE-ORY on AF. It was a bit of a shock to see it after hearing it behind me, looking down and seeing it at the owner's feet in the row behind!


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User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3765 times:

Funny story: I was on an AA flight from LAX-JFK and a woman came aboard with a yellow lab service canine. She was well behaved and very friendly. Upon arrival the dog squatted and pooped in the middle of the terminal and I cried I was laughing so hard.

User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3763 times:

I've seen plenty of service dogs. I traveled with my dog (not a service dog) fairly recently SFO-DFW-SFO. He was quite a good boy. No one notice we had him until we were disembarking, and he began to get vocal.

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User currently offlineB17GUNNER24 From UK - England, joined Apr 2011, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3640 times:

babys    are the worst animal to ever go on a plane

The sky is a open space for the raw power of jets to roam free
User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1304 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (2 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

Quoting B17GUNNER24 (Reply 14):
babys are the worst animal to ever go on a plane

Remember you were once one of those animals...   


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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

Seen animals quite a few times.
Once I flew with TUIfly from Olbia back to Germany in a quite empty 737-700. For whatever reason people bring quite a few animals on these flights. Anyway, there was a big dog in a huge crate and he was so sad and whining that the ramp agent asked the captain if rather than to put him in the hold we should not take it in the cabin. They put the huge crate on seats A and B and fixed them with extension belts etc. The owner sat on the C seat. The dog was more than happy. The captain came back to cabin once the crate was fixed to assure that it was no safety risk and the crate was strapped well.

On another occasion I flew from MUC to YUL with LH with a friend. 2 Cats in the cabin in Sturdy bags, one cat in the hold. We got upgraded to Business Class so we had a lot of space for the cats. no special attention from the crew though, but not needed anyway. there was a little dog back a few rows back. I know LH limits the amount of animals in cabins but it seems that 3 animals in the C-class of a A330 is fine. The cats in the cabin had a stressful flight I guess, since they were so close to the aisle and people walked a few centimeters from their heads. Security was special. We were taken into a room next to the check and then we had to take the cats one per one out of the bags so that they could x-ray the bags seperately. But the staff was nice. Just took more time than usual. Also for the lounge, no problem.
The cat in the hold had a great flight I guess. We had to bring them to the bulk luguage check in and then to wait for a security and customs agent to come over,which took a few minutes. They were cool and then the cat went away. The purser confirmed to us that the cat was on board once we were seated. The cat was waiting in her box in the middle of the chaotic Montreal luguage belts area next to the bulky bags belt and was not even impressed we picked him up after such a long flight. By the way, booking the cats was quite straight forward. I made the booking myself in Amadeus. Made special requests for the AVIH and PETC which were confirmed within seconds, issued to MCO to pay for it, and that's it.

On another occasion at work I had to book a guide dog for a blind passenger of ours. This was quite straightforward as well. It was a huge dog, approx 50 EUR. Calles LH medical desk and they confirmed the dog right away. Asked the nice agent where there will place the dog as he would never ever fit in the space under the seat. She said that they will probably keep the seat next to the blind man empty and unsold at LH expense. Found this to be great.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (2 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 15):
Quoting B17GUNNER24 (Reply 14):
babys are the worst animal to ever go on a plane

Remember you were once one of those animals...

Absolutely agree!

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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4714 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (2 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Quoting mauiman31 (Reply 4):
So, does a carrier have to give a customer with an medical assist animal - an upgrade to bulkhead or biz or FC seating with more pitch to make room if economy is not possible for the animal to fit?

Under European legislation (which might differ from the US) the carrier is obliged to provide a PRM passenger with a seat that suits the restrictions of the passenger as to the best of it's abilities. This does NOT include upgrades.

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