What happened to the day when you just boarded your flight, got from point a to point b? No one got sick. Now you can’t even have peanuts on the flight.
what happened to the day when the only animals in the cabin where served to you on a tray?
This girl had a declared allergy (to the carrier) and a freakin' epi pen.
The cats ticket was purchased (per the article) shortly before the flight (presumably after the girl).
To me, this is one of the few times where the circumstances seem reasonably clear.
I miss the good ol' days where people could live for a couple of hours without clutching a "support" animal - or those people just didn't fly.
I wasn't able to access the article, but was the cat's "ticket...purchased shortly before the flight"
merely the In-Cabin Animal Fee, perhaps only $200 or so, which is normally assessed upon check-in?
It's hard to believe that the cat's owner actually bought a new ticket on the day of departure, which would have cost quite a lot -- and besides Alaska wouldn't allow an animal to be in a seat --
Very hard to fathom this situation, and I wonder how the young girl was actually accommodated overnight. Poor thing!
Really, this "emotional support animal" nonsense must stop!
As an aside -- on Saturday afternoon, I was strolling around IAH Terminal B, when I saw a lady with a gray Schnauzer walking it loose -- no "Service Animal" vest or anything -- which is against City regulations. Near the elevator entrance to the United Club is a pillar, where the dog raised its leg and relieved itself! The woman appeared to have no sense of shame, as if the act were a matter of course, and when the dog was done, she simply walked on.
A nicely dressed UA customer nearby was shocked and asked me if this sort of thing is allowed, and I said NO, it's against the rules -- but of course who would dare these days to confront the "ESA" or other in-cabin pet folks who flout the rules and common decency. (Certainly not my job function, but I did bring the incident to the attention of a UA manager.)
I've also seen piles of dog poo on carpets around the airport -- disgusting.