A woman who boarded a flight on Southwest Airlines going from Colorado to California was allegedly kicked off for simply comforting her new puppy before takeoff.
She had been told to zip up the puppy’s carrier and to place it under her seat, which she did, according to bystander Sara Price, who posted several videos about the incident on her TikTok. But when the puppy softly whined, the woman bent down and placed her hand against the mesh to comfort the baby dog. And for some reason this displeased a flight attendant, who then escorted her off the plane (see video below, posted by Price).
“You are rude, you’re a mean person, and I would never fly on Southwest again,” the woman said as she took her suitcase out of the overhead bin.
Price’s husband, who, like Price, didn’t know the woman but had been sitting next to her, could be heard saying, “We wish you the best of luck, honey. This is ridiculous.” And Price could be heard saying, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry that happened.”
“It’s not like you even had the dog out,” the husband added. “You should be ashamed of yourself,” he said calmly as the flight attendant walked by.
Welp, the flight attendant didn’t act like he heard a thing, but apparently he did — Price and her husband ended up getting kicked off the plane as well, for their “attitude.”
From The Independent:
All three passengers managed to get to California on a later flight with United Airlines, which Ms Price described as “fantastic”….
The reaction to the videos on TikTok was overwhelmingly supportive of the puppy’s owner.
“So sad this happened to that poor lady. I hope Southwest makes a statement and apologises and compensates,” wrote one user, while another said: “This is disgusting.”
Someone else described their previous experience: “This happened to us in Nantucket [because] of exact same reason, dog was inside his carrier entire time and stewardess had police meet us at arrival.”
Many were shocked by the incident as they’d never had a problem travelling with animals, with one viewer commenting: “I flew my bulldog puppy from Dallas to PA. They had me take her out and she was carried around by flight attendants.”
The Independent contacted Southwest for comment but Southwest had apparently not responded by the time the article was posted.
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