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AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!  
User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3365 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.



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

did he do this specifically for the dog? or did he do it because it's standard procedure to divert in such a senereo?


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User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3292 times:



I have a giant schnauzer!! Wow, thats wonderful if he did it for the dog.


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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3471 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

did he do this specifically for the dog?

Yes.

...or did he do it because it's standard procedure to divert in such a senereo?

SOP is to continue the flight... unless there are live animals in that cargo hold.



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User currently offlineJumboBumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3088 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.

User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4990 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2889 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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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5901 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2593 times:
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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!


User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8232 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

How would your dog smell like diesel from an airplane? The fuel used on jets is a type of kerosene.

Jet-A is just highly refined Diesel. They're both based on kerosene. He meant Jet-A, obviously.



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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6014 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2441 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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User currently offlineRj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1807 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

"Oh where, oh were has my little dog gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?"

Sorry, couldn't resist!


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2208 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."

Bastards!

"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?


User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

Wedgetail737,

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...


User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 572 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2041 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.

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4195 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Jet-A is actually pretty trashy..just has a really low freezing point... continue on!


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User currently offlineCommander_Rabb From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 771 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

And the Captain was...













Well, maybe not!




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User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1826 times:



I was on a (original) Frontier MD80 PHX-DEN (stapleton) several years ago
when, shortly after takeoff we had to return..a dog had been loaded in
the wrong compartment (or so they told us).


Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineTguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

AAR90:

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.

TGUman.



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