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« on: January 26, 2012, 11:23:51 AM »

Travelers and crew members on an Air Canada plane got some in-flight entertainment after a cat got loose on board the plane in Halifax yesterday morning.
 
Ripples, a 10-year-old tabby cat, was traveling with his owner Debbie Harris on the flight from Halifax to Toronto when he escaped from his carry-on crate, which hadn't been fastened properly after a security check.
 
Ripples then took off into the plane's cabin and hid in a small opening beneath the cockpit
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The cat managed to delay the flight for more than four hours before he was placed in the luggage compartment for the duration of the flight to Toronto.

There are two videos back-to-back

http://atlantic.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120125/cat_plane_120125/20120125?hub=AtlanticHome

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012, 11:42:31 AM »

Great story but they punished him by putting him in the luggage department?!! I'm glad he came through alright but I never would have let them do that to my cat.  It's not his fault someone didn't close the door to the crate completely.   Roll Eyes Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2012, 02:32:52 PM »

I read that. And I agree with macushla.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 02:52:56 PM »

Yeah, the TSA agent should be put in cargo Angry  I'm relieved the cat came to no harm.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 04:39:40 PM »

Thank goodness Ripples got loose on the plane & not lost outside like they usually seem to do to pets ! I'm glad he's ok, but agree the TSA [or Canadian counterpart] should ride with the luggage !
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 06:22:08 PM »

I wonder if that is how some of these cats are escaping at airports--the TSA agents aren't locking the carriers back up securely.

(Having had my encounters with TSA, and read some news stories about their actions, I think that a lot of them are complete dolts, and arrogant to boot.)

Glad Ripples was OK.
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012, 09:11:56 PM »

Lesson for anyone traveling with their cat in a carrier in the cabin - check the latch on  your carrier after the inspection!  This could have been even worse if the cat had escaped from the carrier while still in the airport waiting to board the plane.  At least in the confined space they were able to find him.  Poor thing! He must have been totally traumatized!   Sad 

Lesson for the airport - make sure your agents are reminded to latch animal carriers properly after inspection!   Angry
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2012, 09:31:13 AM »

Thank goodness Ripples got loose on the plane & not lost outside like they usually seem to do to pets ! I'm glad he's ok, but agree the TSA [or Canadian counterpart] should ride with the luggage !

Leslie,

You have no idea what it's like traveling in cargo and if you saw what your pets would look like after a trip in there, you'd take it all back. It's one of the most frightening and uncomfortable things they can experience.

ETA: All airlines have to do is require that the carriers be zip-tied after they've gone through the security check. I'm not sure how many times they have to go through something like this (and worse) before they grab a brain.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2012, 09:39:02 AM »

Oh gosh, Bug-- I'm pretty sure Leslie meant the agent should ride in cargo, not the cat.
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2012, 11:58:45 AM »

What astonishes me is that they seem to think living creatures can go in the unpressurized locations for trips, when they'd be absolutely horrified if a human did.  How can people not understand that every living creature needs the proper air pressure, not just those that can yank their pay check?
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2012, 03:57:18 PM »

Yes I meant the idiot who didn't fasten the crate should ride with the luggage. No living creature should be put there, possibly other than TSA staff.
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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2012, 07:28:36 AM »

Oh, I'm sorry, Leslie. My misinterpretation/misreading of what you were saying. I did find it odd. I posted to Air Canada's website about it and they blamed the passenger for not securing the carrier. I then lambasted them for not specifying to travelers HOW to secure a carrier. Just telling people to secure it usually means make sure it's zipped up or the door is closed. Uh, uh. The zippers need to be zip-tied or twist-tied together if they're traveling in cabin in a soft carrier and hard kennels need to be zip-tied all over the place, including the door. I asked them to look into including something like that as policy but I think they're too thick-headed for that.
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2012, 01:44:07 PM »

I have the same reaction as everyone else here, I'm glad the cat was found, but upset that he was put into the cargo hold. That's no place for living beings!

Those carrier fasteners always worry me when cats are in transit. I always double and triple check especially around the vet's office where any cats who escaped would be near busy roads. The ones we have can look or feel like they are locked when they aren't.
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