Man Claims Airline Wouldn’t Allow Dog to Board Because He’s “Too Heavy” – Airline Says It Was Trying to Keep Him Safe

What started out as a holiday weekend for a man traveling with his dog, ended in a war of words between him and an airline. A reporter attempted to travel with his dog to Washington, DC for the Fourth of July. He ran into some trouble with the airline when it came time to check in for his flight.

It seems as though the confrontation got lost in translation. But, thankfully, there was a happy ending for all.

Please Board By Your Group Number

When Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay attempted to check-in for his flight, employees at American Airlines said his dog Lou could not join him.

Lachlan wrote a tweet that quickly went viral. He claimed the airline would not allow them on the plane because of Lou’s weight.

However, American Airlines had a different story. In a statement to Fox News, the airline said they were concerned for Lou’s safety.

“[We have] policies in place to protect pets that travel on American Airlines. Our policy states on Pets must be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in their kennel (without touching any side or the top of the container). Lou was unable to comply with those requirements, which was reiterated to Mr. Markay. Lou’s weight was never the concern, but it was the size of the kennel.”

Up in the Air

Eventually, American Airlines allowed Lachlan and Lou to fly together. They deemed this a one-time exception. In the future, the airline said, Lou would need a larger kennel.

On their return flight, Lachlan and Lou faced no issues. This time, the pair flew Southwest Airlines where Lachlan claimed to have no problems with the kennel.

Though some would praise the airline and passenger for coming to an agreement quickly, others might take issue with how this was handled. Airlines who have not stuck to policy have caused unfortunate accidents in the past, and those with snub-nosed breed dogs should be extra careful. What do you think? Should the airline stick to it’s policy’s for the sake of safety? Or should exceptions be made where they can? Let us know on Facebook.

H/T Yahoo! Finance
Featured image c/o Lachlan Markay Twitter

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Written by Samantha H