Aa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3348 times:
Think airline service has gone to the dogs? You might be right. Consider the tale of Sebastian, a 4-pound miniature schnauzer. Last month, the 8-week-old pup was riding in an airplane cargo hold toward his new home in Maryland when a malfunction sent the temperature plummeting. When the pilot learned about the problem, he banked the 131-seat American Flight 2897 bound for Baltimore-Washington and returned to Dallas. Not only was Sebastian saved, but he ultimately got to fly home in first class. It sounds like an urban legend, but American Airlines confirms the story.
JumboBumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3071 times:
In spite of the horror stories that can be readily found on the internet regarding flying dogs in the pit, I think most airline personnel these days are very professional when it comes to pets. I think they realize that for most pet owners, the pet is as cherished as a child. My wife and I flew our dog from BOS-DEN and back over the Christmas holiday on UA and they were terrific. The staff (at both BOS and DEN) were very amenable to our many questions, and our dog arrived was fine on both flights. Granted, she smelled like diesel fumes, but considering she arrived healthy this was a small price to pay.
Type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4940 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2872 times:
But then again a few years ago a freind of mine took his Lab from MSY-BOS on DL and he missed his connection in ATL due to weather. DL left his dog on the ramp for 5 hours. By the time the poor animal got to BOS, it was never the same again.
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Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5890 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
How would your dog smell like diesel from an airplane? The fuel used on jets is a type of kerosene.
I flew three of my ferrets from Florida to Kansas a few years ago. The flight attendant told me right before the flight closed up that they had made the flight. She even told me their names. I thought that was pretty cool!
Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
Don't forget all the equipment on the ramp. Pushbacks, Airstarts, GPUs, and sometimes Tugs are Diesel powered. Also, there is always a fine amount of ash that is constantly falling. Dont belive me? Come see the vent where I work!
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Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
Kudos to the AA pilot! As a dog owner/lover, his actions are wonderful to hear about. Air Canada has taken wonderful care of my dog, Oliver, on the couple of flights he flew. I was nervous as hell checking my furry four-pawed buddy in for the flights, but "Ollie" arrived a-ok. The AC guys were great with him on both occasions (I strongly suspect the best canine air service comes from fellow dog owners).
"But then again a few years ago a freind of mine took his Lab from MSY-BOS on DL and he missed his connection in ATL due to weather. DL left his dog on the ramp for 5 hours. By the time the poor animal got to BOS, it was never the same again."
"did he do this specifically for the dog? or did he do it because it's standard procedure to divert in such a senereo?"
And what if he DID do this specifically for the dog? Is the animals life and wellbeing not worth it to YOU?
Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
On a hot, sweaty summer day, the most prominent smell is not the burnt Jet-A on the ramp but rather the diesel exhaust fumes of all service vehicles that just seem to stay there without moving... urgh...
AApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 572 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2024 times:
I have traveled with my dog (also a Miniature Schnauzer) several times. I always worry a bit about it, but he has done really well on all his trips and always get treated good by airline staff (which I greatly appreciate). So far he has flown with AA, Alaska, and Delta. I have always received a card from the airline staff that he had made it onboard, with the exception of Delta. When I flew Delta, I even filled out the card (they attach it to the kennel and ground staff is supposed to send it up once your pet has made it onboard), but they never delivered it to me. I was a bit worried over that trip, but my buddy made it in the end. The other thing I didn't like with Delta is that they waited until the last minute (every one had picked up there luggage and left by that time) to bring him in to the arrivals area. With both Alaska and American, they had him waiting for me. He was off the plane and on his way to the terminal before me.
Tguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1765 times:
You contradicted yourself. You said he did it for the dog. and then you said the SOP said if there was live animals in the hold then he would have to return or land. Thus he did it both because of the SOP and because of the dog. Not just because of the dog. Let's not give too much credit to the pilot, but also to the airline for adding that procedure in the SOP.