Sunday, January 13, 2013
No animals allowed
Our flight was supposed to leave at 4:20pm.
On schedule, we were boarded, pulled out onto the tarmac and then stopped ... and we sat there for a LONG time.
Then we pulled back in.
The problem? There was a dog in a carrier in the cargo section. During this time of year, this isn't allowed because it gets too cold and animals could freeze to death (the temperature when we were in the air was -53C!). I watched them take the carrier off the plane.
They explained to the owner what was going on (she was sitting one row behind me on the other side). They escorted her off the plane in tears.
We waited while they figured out what to do. There was one empty seat left on the plane so they asked the guy who was sitting next to the dog's owner if he would mind moving to that seat. No problem! The plan was she would go back to her seat and the dog/carrier would sit on the seat next to her. The flight attendants asked everyone around us if anyone had allergies or if we minded. Again, no problem.
Then we waited some more.
But she and her dog never came back.
I guess she changed her mind.
We finally left an hour and a half late.
What I wonder is ... why did Air Canada let the carrier be placed in cargo area in the first place and not notice until we were actually pulling away?!