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Spirit passenger flushes pet hamster down toilet after misinformation, report says

09 February 2018

A Spirit airlines spokesperson did acknowledge the airline had originally told Aldecosea that she could bring her pet hamster on board, but that it had been a mistake and they informed her shortly thereafter that the airline didn't allow hamsters.

The lawyer for a student who says Spirit Airlines told her to flush her emotional-support hamster down the toilet says she's still distraught over the incident but now has a replacement rodent for comfort.

It's reported Spirit Air staff told Belen Aldecosea she couldn't board with Pebbles, despite being previously told she could.

A U.S. university student is considering suing Spirit Airlines after it refused to allow her pet hamster on a flight, forcing her to flush the animal down an airport toilet. "I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet", Aldecosea said of the pint-sized animal.

She told the Miami Herald: "She was scared".

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'I was emotional. I was crying. I sat there for a decent 10 minutes crying in the slow down'.

"This wasn't a giant peacock that could pose a danger to other passengers", her attorney added of the November 21 incident. Aldecosea and Pebbles were allowed to check in for their flight without a hitch (emotional support animals are technically allowed to fly at the discretion of the airline in question).

The Transportation Security Administration, meanwhile, has no issue with carry-on hamsters, a spokeswoman told the Miami Herald.

The 20-something is now considering suing Spirit for the alleged part they played in her hamster's demise. Just over a week ago, for example, there was that woman who tried to bring her emotional support peacock on a flight (a request that was, understandably, denied).

With her family in Florida and friends hours away, Aldecosea said, she had few options. "This must have been a horrific, terrifying death". Which is true, so don't flush her down a toilet MY GOSH. After agonising over the decision for a while (and considering hiring a vehicle to drive to Florida) she did the unthinkable: she flushed Pebbles.

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He said she got a replacement hamster since the incident but is still upset.

The airline refused to allow Dexter to get on board the aircraft, despite the passenger going so far as buying the huge bird its own ticket for the flight. "It was a awful situation, and she's still distraught".

Goodman will represent Aldecosea should she decide to follow through with a lawsuit. "No one would have probably even known it was there".

Airlines are convinced that some emotional support animals abuse the rules, especially when most passengers often have to pay $125 or more each way to bring a small pet on board. Most major carriers such as American, Delta and United, however, don't allow rodents over concerns about safety and health.

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Spirit passenger flushes pet hamster down toilet after misinformation, report says