Airline policies regarding emotional support pets have been in the news lately and this one is leaving animal rights activists feeling a little flushed.
A college student claims a Spirit Airlines employee wouldn't allow her to board a flight with her emotional support hamster and then forced her to flush the furry rodent down the toilet. Belen Aldecosea says she contacted the airline ahead of time to ask if she'd be allowed to bring the hamster on board and was told it would be fine. But when she arrived at the airport, an employee told her the tiny animal couldn't come on board, even though she had all of the necessary paperwork.
The employee booked her on a later flight to give her ample time to make other arrangements for the animal, but Aldecosta said she had no local friends that could take care of it. That's when she claims the employee gave her two choices: either let the hamster go outside or flush it down the toilet. Aldecosta says she was distraught and didn't want to release it into the freezing cold outside, so she ultimately decided to flush it down the toilet.
Spirit admits that its employee was wrong to tell Aldecosta she could bring the hamster on board but denies forcing her to flush it down the toilet. Meanwhile, Aldecosta's lawyer says she is distraught. PETA is now also involved and says the airline needs to be held accountable. (USA Today)