Farting Dog on Lufthansa

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  1. AnthroFlyer
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    On a recent TATL flight on Lufthansa I had the...ahem...pleasure of sitting next to a couple who brought their dog along in a carry on. 5 minutes after takeoff I was subjected to the first blast of dog gas, which, in addition to being especially rank, had an abnormally long hang time. After a short reprieve, said dog let loose again right in the middle of the meal service. Several more unpleasant events followed throughout the flight. What is the protocol in this situation? Should the dog have been expelled to the galley? Why are dogs allowed onboard in the first place?
     
  2. pokerhammy
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    It can't be helped. What can you do? What do you do when it was a passenger who farted? :eek:
     
  3. FetePerfection
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    Sorry you had such an unpleasant experience and I'm not sure there's much if anything you could do. I would rather see animals travel onboard if size permits than in the cargo hold of aircraft. I for one feel it's inhumane to ship animals this way, even if they are sedated...I can imagine their fear and anxiety down there.

    I'm sure its more comforting for owners too to know and see their pet throughout the flight. Hopefully this was your first and last such experience.
     
  4. Freddie Listo
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    Did the dog try to blame it on his owner?
     
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    Was his name Walter?
     
  6. kw335
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    I never knew that dogs fart :D
     
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    Let me be the first to point out that this thread title would be an excellent name for a rock band.
     
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  8. Junca
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    My dogs try to do that all the time.

    ... even though some friends try to tell me it's the other way around.

    :D
     
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    My dog takes full credit and snickers!
     
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    What breed of dog was it ?
     
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    Ewww..."dislike."
     
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    My dogs look up at me and my husband as if to say who the heck created that smell? Then they promptly go back to sleep and start airing up the place all over again.
     
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    Send them to the luggage hold?
     
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    Wouldn't you?
     
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    Are we really sure it was the dog??
     
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    In that case, blame it on the dog ;)
     
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    So maybe there is another suspect involved...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Canines can have some scary flatulence (sp??)...my friend's "Morkie" is :confused: toxic.:eek:
     
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    Such events are an act of God and therefore the obligations of the airline are limited per the small print in their liability disclaimers!
     
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    Yeah, IMHO this is a bit disgusting. Would be nice if there was a LH insider around who could tell us if they've any protocol for these situations.

    On the compensation, I don't think LH has much to answer for here per-se. They could extend a small amount in recognition for discomfort on the flight, but that would be small and nominal as a flatulent dog isn't exactly within their realm of control, excepting permitting it to be in the main cabin in line with their relevant company wide policy for such events.

    In all seriousness, I believe that excepting registered service animals, the cabin is no place for animals of any kind.

    Sorry if you don't like this, but as many people are allergic to animals (cats specially) as Peanuts and other things. Things that cause allergic reactions amongst a significant enough amount of the population at large have no place in the cabin. Most public buildings, shopping centres, supermarkets, food service establishments and enclosed spaces ban animals of any sort (excepting service animals of course) - why should an aircraft cabin be any different.

    The hold of an aircraft is designed to carry live animals, and I frankly don't give a monkey's butt if you have to pay a few dollars more for your animal to go in the hold. Better pax don't have to suffer the smells and irritations specially if it's a long haul flight.

    PS: Laughing at the irony, considering I just evacuated a large amount of rectal gas whilst typing this. Hey, at least I had the decency to do it somewhere private and not around others.
     
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    This incident brings a whole slew of questions to mind.
    What do the pet owners do if the pet has to 'go and do its business'?
    I'm guessing it was a fairly small dog since it fit in its carry-on so, does it just do its business in the carry-on bag?
    Do they have it wear diapers? Do they take it to the lavatory for a stroll?
    Obviously, walking it around the cabin until it finds a spot it likes would be unpractical to say the least.
    Which begs the point, why allow that small dog and not bigger ones? Where to draw the line, if any then?
    What about cats? birds?
    Pet snakes?
    On a plane? ;)
     
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    I had a similar experience ORD-NRT on an AA 777, but perhaps worse. The creature in question quite regularly evacuated its bowels! Most of the time the owner was polite enough to retreat to the lav to clean up, but at least twice the clean-up took place on the floor next to me. I was horrified and outraged! The little cur even vomited twice during the flight! Finally fed up, I addressed the offending passenger and said "Madam, in the future, please confine your whelp to a crate in the hold". She turned to me with the offending baby cradled in her arms and told me to "toss off!". How dare she!!
     
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    "Why are there pets?"
     
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    hahahaha yes!! and I often do that too--make things into rock band names hahaha Good call!

    Anyway what no one has asked is this:

    Did the dog earn MILES?

    After all we ARE in a part of the forum that deals with miles!

    (does the dog have a CC, what kind? Did he/she make the spend and get like 100k BA miles or 75k AA? Does the dog order coins? Who brings them into the bank? etc etc)

    I would look 'round the plane and if there are any empty seats anywhere, I would kindly ask the FA if I could move. And then just get up and go, no words.

    :)MM
     
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    Did you report this to the FA? Except for service animals, dogs are not allowed out of their carriers while on the plane. The beast should not be cradled in the owner's arms. It's a FAA rule for USA carriers and violation can mean a big fine.

    Since the OP's story was on LH, I wonder if some form of cooked cabbage (a traditional staple of German cuisine) was fed to the dog before the flight.
     

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