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Guy Sneaks A Fat Cat On Board An Airplane, Gets Punished By The Airline After Landing
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Animals, Cats2 years ago

Guy Sneaks A Fat Cat On Board An Airplane, Gets Punished By The Airline After Landing

Flying with pets is both tough and expensive. Things get even worse when you can’t keep them in the cabin with you and your four-legged companions are put in the cargo hold. Frustrated owners, who want to make sure their pets are safe and comfortable during the flight, try to avoid cargo hold like a plague. Some even go as far as trying to deceive airlines. Recently, Mikhail Galin, a man from Russia, went viral for doing exactly that – he smuggled his cat who didn’t meet the weight requirement onboard. However, his actions didn’t come without consequences, as Aeroflot’s airline decided to remove him from the frequent flyer program for disobeying the rules.

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Galin was traveling back to his hometown Vladivostok after a stay in Riga. The trip was disrupted when airport employees refused to let his adorable tubby tabby, named Viktor, fly in the cabin. They said that his rather chubby cat who weighs 22lbs is 5lbs over the allowed weight limit. According to Aeroflot’s policies, Viktor had to be placed in the cargo hold. However, Galin refused to let it happen.

Viktor’s owner told Bored Panda that his 4-year-old cat usually feels really bad during flights. Since it was not the first time Viktor flew on the plane, his owner already knew how he is affected by the changing air pressure and unfamiliar surroundings.

So the man came up with an elaborate plan to help his buddy stay close to him, by tricking airport employees into thinking that his cat is actually not that fat. And he did that in a rather simple way.

Galin posted a help request on his social media asking people if they could lend him a cat similar to Viktor. He managed to find an extremely similar cat who weighs much less than Victor. Then Galin swapped cats at the check-in and returned the borrowed cat to the friend successfully boarding the plane with Viktor in his hands.

The surveillance footage confirmed that Galin broke airline rules by switching Viktor for a similar cat. The airline made a decision to kick the man out from the frequent flyer program and take away the 400,000 miles from his account.

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
2 years ago

Downvote me all you like, but I would do exactly the same, no virtual currency in any amount is worth the wellbeing of my gatto :D

Rissie
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Well. If the well-being of your cat is so important, which I agree with, you probably wouldn't have a chonk for a cat ;) Kitty needs a diet and some exercise!

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Jenny Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG. How is there such a ridiculously strict weight limit for cats, but not Fat A@@ Humans!!! I would rather fly in a plane full of chonky tabbies than fat humans any day!!!!

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, airlines often make people over a certain weight purchase two seats. So, human or feline, still fat-shaming. And, yes, I understand about weight and flight. What I don’t like is why the issue can’t be handled with sensitivity instead of shaming.

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
2 years ago

If it's that or putting him in the cargo hold, I think breaking the rule was 100% the way to go. I've heard too many stories about bad outcomes when pets are shipped like luggage.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree, animals are sentient beings, they do not belong to cargo hold; the airlines should find solution to this problem - provide an designated area for passengers with pets, get rid off the first class if necessary.

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
2 years ago

Downvote me all you like, but I would do exactly the same, no virtual currency in any amount is worth the wellbeing of my gatto :D

Rissie
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Well. If the well-being of your cat is so important, which I agree with, you probably wouldn't have a chonk for a cat ;) Kitty needs a diet and some exercise!

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Jenny Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG. How is there such a ridiculously strict weight limit for cats, but not Fat A@@ Humans!!! I would rather fly in a plane full of chonky tabbies than fat humans any day!!!!

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, airlines often make people over a certain weight purchase two seats. So, human or feline, still fat-shaming. And, yes, I understand about weight and flight. What I don’t like is why the issue can’t be handled with sensitivity instead of shaming.

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Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
2 years ago

If it's that or putting him in the cargo hold, I think breaking the rule was 100% the way to go. I've heard too many stories about bad outcomes when pets are shipped like luggage.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree, animals are sentient beings, they do not belong to cargo hold; the airlines should find solution to this problem - provide an designated area for passengers with pets, get rid off the first class if necessary.

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