Don’t Board Your Dog on Air Canada…

… or it will get eaten by an eagle and/or Air Canada will try and Hide It.These headlines brought to you by my brother-in-law.

According to Air Canada the dog that was bitten by an eagle escaped during a plane change at Vancouver airport.  The dog’s body was found two days later at the end of a runway, and according to airport officials it was eaten by an eagle:

Ontario resident Susan Penney said her daughter was flying to Toronto from Smithers, B.C. in May when Air Canada lost her dog during a plane change in Vancouver.

While the flight was stopped at YVR, the dog named Niyah escaped from its kennel, according to Air Canada.

Airline officials and Penney’s daughter searched the airport grounds for two days before finding the dog’s body at the end of the runway.

Penney was told Niyah was attacked and killed by an eagle.

The end of the article at least notes that Air Canada paid for the dog’s cremation and for lodging for the owner to tend to the situation.

However, Air Canada can also be a little less compassionate as noted in the second article (emphasis mine):

The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s (the missing dog’s) disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident.

Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry — and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown.

“I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the e-mail read.

How do you fly with your pets to help ensure they are safe?

TSA Penis Scanners Ensure Traveler Safety

Could this be the next new thing in aviation security?  Given the slippery slope and incompetence of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Safety Administration, it sadly wouldn’t surprise me if it did.

Or maybe if they made use of this scanner as a prerequisite to Pre-Check enrollment.  I wonder how many people would do it?

(HT: Daily Paul)

United Airlines Broke Your Guitars While In-Transit? Get Revenge Online.

I first caught this story at the DailyPaul.  XXX

In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didnt deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say no to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise.

What would you do in this situation?  Most carriers only have baggage liability for up to a few hundred dollars per bag.  How would a $3500 guitar be covered?  Maybe personal accident insurance with a rider for the musical equipment.  I wonder if this story will go Viral and United will finally give the poor guy compensation for the broken musical equipment plus compensation for his time spent trying to deal with this with United.

The song is actually pretty catchy.  What do you think?