Loose Dog On A Flight

February 10, 2010

in Animal Stories

We were flying back home to Portland, Oregon from a Thanksgiving holiday visit in Sacramento, California. We were on a small Alaska plane for the short hour and half flight. I was about 6 months pregnant, and was traveling with my husband and my 2 year old daughter. The plane was configured for 2 seats on each side of the aisle. My husband and daughter were on one side of the aisle, I was across from them on the aisle side. As my seatmate boarded, it was clear that she had a small dog in her bag. She had tried to take a shortcut and had put her dog into a regular duffel bag with some mesh lining for breathing instead of an animal carrier. As the plane took off, the flight attendant discovered the dog in the bag because it was barking and loud. The dog began to get more and more upset. The flight attendants were warning the woman that she couldn’t let the dog out to sit on her lap, and had to keep the dog contained in her bag. They were also very upset that she was not using a animal carrier to transport the dog.

As the flight attendants were in the midst of drink service (with the drink cart in the aisle), the dog chewed a hole and escaped from the bag and ran under the seat and towards the front of the plane. The flight attendants had to leave the drink service to try to catch the dog. The dog was racing all over the plane and was visibly freaked out. The woman couldn’t get out to help because we were at the back of the plane. Eventually the dog was captured, but the woman had difficulty keeping the dog in the bag. The flight attendants brought cardboard and duct tape – for her to try to tape up the rip in the bag that the dog had chewed through.

I could no longer sit in the seat because the dog was restless; the woman was almost sitting on the bag on the floor to keep the dog contained. So, I was moved to the empty aisle seat in front of my husband and child.
Unfortunately, it was occupied by a man reading a porn magazine. After discovering this, I clearly showed I was disgusted and tried to communicate non-verbally that I was not pleased. I did not however ask him directly to put away his magazine. It probably wouldn’t have helped; he did not bother to put his magazine away even with quarters close. I ended up turning my body with my legs in the aisle for the remainder of the flight.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

madachode February 10, 2010 at 5:39 am

What's wrong with porn?


Nic March 2, 2010 at 3:36 am

I bet it was a lads mag, hardly porn at all!


Jane May 10, 2010 at 5:36 am

"So, I was moved to the empty aisle seat in front of my husband and child."

You moved into his space, not vice versa. Why should he have to put away his magazine?


xxx April 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

just proclaim loudly for everyone within 10 rows to hear that its disgusting that he's looking at porn in a public space, public shaming/embarrassment is usually the best way to change someone's behaviour


Amber May 20, 2016 at 10:16 am

GEt the stick out of your ass, nothing wrong with porn.


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