Irma: a heartless airline!

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Matt Varga had travelled through his neighborhood of Kendall, Florida, to find a store with a carrier to accommodate his best friend before flying.


They were among hundreds of people forced to evacuate to escape Hurricane Irma. However, even though Matt Varga went to several stores, all the carriers were already sold.


When the man went to the airport to catch his flight, he and his dog, Meeka, were refused. Federal regulations are very strict on how pets can be carried in aircraft.


This means that all pets must be in a carrier. Of course, this story has been shared on many social media.


Subsequently, Varga even gave an interview to CNN and this incident caught the attention of pet lovers from everywhere. Several suggested that due to the circumstances, the two best friends should have taken their flight.


Such “exceptions” have happened … in the past. But it takes two things to make it happen: the courage to go over regulation and compassion.


Social networking users referred to the Fort McMurray forest fire, which took place in Canada last year. Indeed, a pilot from Suncor Energy Corporation ignored the law to save 36 pets from these fires – including cats, dogs, hedgehogs, chinchilla and a few frogs.


Do you think the airline should have accepted Matt Varga and his dog, Meeka, even without a carrier?


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Amelie Delobel

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