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AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:11 am

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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jhooper
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:14 am

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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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:15 am



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


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AAR90
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:32 am

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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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:48 am

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.
 
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:10 am

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
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Wed Jan 21, 2004 9:55 am

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!
 
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:00 am

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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Goldenshield
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:45 pm

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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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:37 am

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

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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:08 am

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?
 
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:33 am

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...
 
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:30 am

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.
 
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:50 am

Jet-A is actually pretty trashy..just has a really low freezing point... continue on!
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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 5:39 am

And the Captain was...













Well, maybe not!




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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 5:58 am



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).


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RE: AA Pilot Saves Dogs Life!

Thu Jan 22, 2004 6:05 am

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.

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