If you ever plan to send your four legged friend on a trip you might want to avoid Mexico’s Interjet where you might find out that they lost your companion during loading but later offering a reward to get him back.
Good news ahead: The dog was eventually found in Mexico City by their owners but the circumstances are questionable at best as you will see.
I found this story while reading some articles on Travel + Leisure (access here).
After losing a dog in cargo and neglecting to inform its owner, Mexican airline Interjet posted a reward seeking the lost animal. The dog, named Mika, was found in Mexico City on Wednesday after it had been lost for two days.
The airline should have contacted the captain and the passenger while the flight was still on the ground. It sounds like the handlers who caused the problem weren’t brave enough to face the owners and explain how it happened.
It seems that Interjet took responsibility and tried their best to help the passengers out for whom it was a very sensitive issue (understandably).
As far as the recommendation goes not to let your dog travel in the cargo, sometimes you don’t have a choice. Especially when it’s a larger dog there is no choice other then let him fly in the cargo hold. Large animals are usually not allowed in the cabin unless certified as a support animal for the disabled (including emotional support animals in the U.S.).
Thankfully the dog was found and returned to the owners who were certainly happy to no end.
The fact that the handlers actually broke the carrier in which the dog was accommodated in shows you how rough things are being handled even when live animals are involved – sad! I’d avoid to subject my pet to such a procedure whenever I had the choice.