July Crazy Travel Roundup

July Crazy Travel Roundup

We’re in the homestretch of summer, but nowhere near the homestretch of craziness.

This month

  • Cats
  • Birds
  • Dogs
  • Lavatory Issues
  • Luggage
  • A bomb threat
  • And of course…… Florida

MAS ground crew lose cat: Owners watch on in horror as it runs off tarmac –

While MAS alleges that the crate was improperly fastened, Kiran has denied this, saying that he and his wife purchased a double-locking IATA-certified pet carrier. He says it is far more likely that an employee opened the crate after having checked Scooty in, and was then unable to properly fasten the latches.

By chance, as the plane was boarding, his wife had a window seat, and was able to capture a video of what appears to be an empty crate, and a small white, furry figure crawling into a drain pipe. You can see here, about 13 seconds in. LINK

I can’t claim to be much of “cat guy” and the reason why is similar to the incident above. Growing up I had two cats and for some strange reason, we decided to take them on vacation. Side note my parents aren’t pet people at all, and to this day it amazes me that we actually had two cats. When we arrived at the hotel my Dad grabbed the cat cage out of the car and somehow those two furry freaks had managed to pry open the cat cage (back then we called them cages, not carriers) and “POOF” they escaped and were across the parking lot before anyone could utter a single cuss word. Hopefully Scooty turns up.

American Airlines Aspen Flight Cancels After Passenger Gets Stuck in the Lavatory

American Airlines cancelled its SkyWest CRJ-700 regional jet flight AA3018 from Chicago to Aspen after a passenger locked herself in the lavatory.

The event unfolded in dramatic fashion as the passenger was eventually rescued, issues with the plane required an aircraft swap and a several hours delay before the flight was eventually scrubbed. LINK

I have no idea how anyone has the time to monitor Twitter often enough to catch a “live tweet” as it unfolds. It’s rare that I visit the lavatory of an airplane, but I can attest to the fact that you’d have to leave it in order to change your mind. Yes, they’re that small… so it’s no surprise that someone might get stuck, writes the man that wears a 52 suit jacket. Here’s the link to @KentLassman with the blow by blow.

333 passengers taken off plane at Orlando airport after bomb comment, fight, official says

The three people were taken off the plane and questioned by law enforcement officials, authorities said.

The incident began at about 5:52 p.m. as the plane bound for London was about to close its doors and depart from gate 87. A male passenger was upset over the seating arrangement and made a comment regarding a bomb on board that was heard by another passenger, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Security officials then told 333 passengers and 12 crew members to deplane, airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said. Nothing suspicious was found, officials said. LINK

Thank you, Florida! I was afraid that we weren’t going to make the cut this month. It’s rare that I fly to London, actually, it’s never. Most airlines allow you to pay for a seat that you choose. If I had been on that flight I would have gladly Venmo’d the guy $60.00 so he could have moved to a different seat and I didn’t have to leave the plane. Ever watched Meet the Parents?

In a nutshell…. If you utter the word BOMB, even joking, on a plane plan on being busy the remainder of the day.

United flight out of Indianapolis delayed after passenger refuses to gate check bag

A passenger on a United Airlines flight out of Indianapolis refused to gate check a bag, causing delays as the airline had to arrange for another plane to transport the remaining passengers, the airline said.

The United Express flight from Indianapolis International Airport to Newark was delayed Monday after the airline said the woman became “verbally abusive” to crew members and refused to leave the plane, United said in a written statement Tuesday. LINK

I’m not very political, but we really have some silly laws…. plastic straws. What we need, in my opinion, are some laws that guard against your stubbornness in keeping me from my destination. Flight attendants aren’t your maids/butlers, there are certain things they just aren’t going to do.

Newly-Hatched Vulture Chicks And Rare Eggs Seized At Heathrow Airport

Two vulture chicks and more than a dozen eggs containing rare and endangered species have been seized at Heathrow Airport.

Border Force officers confiscated 19 eggs in total, two of which had already hatched, from an Irish man who had arrived on a flight from South Africa.

While the exact species have not yet been identified, the eggs, which had apparently been concealed within a body belt, are from South African birds of prey including vultures, eagles, hawks and kites, the Home Office said. LINK

Snakes on a plane, how about “Chicks on a plane”? I’ve seen “Egg Aprons” but never an egg belt. My guess is the chicks could’ve easily picked the lint from his belly-button. I know gross, but it’s worth noting.

JetBlue crew saves French bulldog with oxygen mask during flight

“We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy’s life,” Michelle wrote on her Facebook page, ABC News reported.

Darcy was treated for hypoxia – a lack of oxygen in the body – by her owner who held the oxygen mask over the dog’s face.

“I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask,” Michelle said, ABC News reported. “I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine. I do not.” LINK

I’m more of a “dog guy” than “cat guy”…. see above. Normally, I don’t consider anything smaller than a football a real dog, please send your hate mail to Backandgoneagain@gmail.com. Frenchies and Corgi’s skirt this rule, both are tough dogs that would never accept being carried in a purse. It’s good to know you can access those masks in cases other than an emergency.

There you have it, next update once August comes to a close.

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