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2013-04-01 11:35:40 AM
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Ok, so here's what i'm thinking:
 
1. IATA-Approved Carrier
Google search pulls up this:
182265-web1.www.petrelocation.com
 
2. FTFA: "On close inspection of the container, it was observed that the wire mesh in the front of the container was bent outwards and pushed out of the main frame. "
I used to own one of these when I had a cat and I knew of only a couple of dogs that were strong enough to force the doors open on one of these and even then, it wasn't because they bent the door, it was because the plastic gave way... There's no way a house cat could bend the metal on one of these...
 
3. FTFA: "India itself is not a very pet-friendly country"
This doesn't surprise me, i've worked with and known Indians and most of them find the idea of pets disgusting.
 
Conclusion:  Poorly paid, poorly trained, and poorly treated Indian airline workers who have distaste for pets to begin with are given the task to transport a cat. Instead of following procedures for pets, they throw the carrier in with the rest of the luggage. It goes through the conveyers and sorters where it finally gets thrown onto a loading flat by another poorly paid, poorly treated airline worker who then stacks a few hundred pounds of luggage on top of it. The weight of the other luggage warped and bent the carrier and gate allowing the cat to escape. The cat at this point is freaked the hell out from it's ride through industrial hell and it's already in the loading area on or near the tarmac and escapes and tries to get as far away from the loud noises as fast as it's feet can take it, and right into the path of a moving vehicle...
 
I'm sure this probably wouldn't have happened had the airline workers A) weren't paid and treated like airlines pay and treat their workers, and B) put their distaste for pets aside and actually followed pet procedures instead of treating a pet like luggage.
2013-04-01 11:13:01 AM
2 votes:

insano: Yeah and it was the second time the cat had escaped from the cage.

 
Is reading really this hard for you people? It didn't escape the cage the first time, they made her take it out of the cage to be x-rayed... and the airline only claims that it escaped the cage the second time.
 
Given the ham-fisted goobers that generally seem to handle my luggage, I have a hard time believing that's what happened versus the guy loading it just bashed it on something and broke it.
 
All that said, I think her demands seem fairly reasonable. If you're going to allow pets you should be prepared to handle them, including, if they escape and are lost or killed, not just handing the empty cage back to the owner and saying "get on your farking plane anyway... but give me your booze first!"
2013-04-01 10:56:11 AM
2 votes:
The thing escaped twice.
 
Cats fault, not the airlines.
2013-04-01 09:18:18 PM
1 votes:

i upped my meds-up yours: Kittypie070: 3. FTFA: "India itself is not a very pet-friendly country"
This doesn't surprise me, i've worked with and known Indians and most of them find the idea of pets disgusting.

OK, f*ck India.

Yeah, considering how 3rd World most of it is, I'm basically inferring they're fine with shiat and piss all over the place as long as it's human shiat and piss.


It amazes me when people choose go to India for a holiday. Why? As you say it's a third world county, with poverty, filth, disease, and inhumanity at every turn, what is so appealing about that? People tell me the place is "full of culture", yeah, the culture of poverty, filth, disease and inhumanity. Delightful.
2013-04-01 08:42:30 PM
1 votes:

Kittypie070: 3. FTFA: "India itself is not a very pet-friendly country"
This doesn't surprise me, i've worked with and known Indians and most of them find the idea of pets disgusting.

OK, f*ck India.


Yeah, considering how 3rd World most of it is, I'm basically inferring they're fine with shiat and piss all over the place as long as it's human shiat and piss.
2013-04-01 01:15:06 PM
1 votes:

skozlaw: Is reading really this hard for you people?...


Yeah, I gotta say I'm a little worried sometimes about what passes for reading comprehension these days.

I note the the article mentioned that she added an extra wire on top. Why? Was the cage defective in some way and needed reinforcement? Article doesn't say. So maybe she used an inferior cage, or maybe the luggage handlers were ham-handed enough to pop the door open. No way to know from the article.

Anyway, suggesting that there was anything the airline could do once the cat had escaped is probably unrealistic. Far too many places for a cat to run or hide on an airport. I think once the cat escapes in those circumstances, it's gone.
2013-04-01 11:03:08 AM
1 votes:

stampylives: omg the baggage handlers smashed a cat! thats awful!
 
*reads*
 
oh, it escaped and ran across the tarmac? wtf else is going to happen? its a miracle they dont smash more people, much less cats.


Had pretty much the same reaction. I love my cat and would probably cause great bodily harm to anyone who hurt her intentionally, but goddamn...what happened was the owners fault, not the airline. Secure the damn cage.
2013-04-01 10:56:55 AM
1 votes:
omg the baggage handlers smashed a cat! thats awful!
 
*reads*
 
oh, it escaped and ran across the tarmac? wtf else is going to happen? its a miracle they dont smash more people, much less cats.
 
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