Airline Told Me to Flush Support Hamster Down Toilet, Flier Says

  • Airline Told Me to Flush Support Hamster Down Toilet, Flier Says

Airline Told Me to Flush Support Hamster Down Toilet, Flier Says

A STUDENT claims she was left with no option but to flush her emotional support hamster down the toilet when an airline refused to let it on board.

The Miami Herald reports that before Aldecosea flew home from college to South Florida, she twice called Spirit Airlines to ensure she could bring Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. The mistake was repeated, Aldecosea said, when she showed up for the flight on November 21: a Spirit agent checked in her and Pebbles without stopping them. "She pondered whether to just let Pebbles free outside", the Herald continues, but eventually decided said it was "more humane to end [Pebbles'] life right away, and not let her run around scared in the cold, only to die getting hit by a vehicle". Aldecosea says an "airline representative suggested flushing Pebbles down an airport toilet".

Hamsters are not prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration, but it would have had to be taken out of its holder and carried through the security checkpoint.

Just last month, a frightened flyer tried to take his peacock Dexter aboard a United Airlines flight setting off from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

She told the Herald the airline said over the phone it wouldn't be a problem, but when she arrived at the airport, the story changed.

Running out of options, she claims she flushed Pebbles at the advice of a Spirit employee. "Their container would typically go through X-ray while the owner would hold the hamster as the passenger walks through the metal detector so the creature is not subjected to radiation", she told the Miami Herald. Delta also recently expanded its list of animals that are barred from flying to include farm poultry, hedgehogs and anything with tusks.

The TSA notably will accommodate small animals like hamsters, but as the Herald pointed out, individual airlines are less lenient.

But it's the airlines that decide if the animals are allowed aboard and most carriers, while they will allow more typical emotional support animals such as dogs and cats, won't allow rodents over health and safety concerns.

Aldecosea, a Miami Beach High graduate, insists her hamster was a medically certified emotional support animal, which she got after developing a large but benign growth in her neck a year ago. Which is true, so don't flush her down a toilet MY GOSH. She wasn't old enough to rent a auto.

With her flight boarding soon, she pondered whether to let Pebbles free outside.

Belen insists she checked auto hire and Greyhound bus options before killing Pebbles, and claimed flushing him was kinder than letting him free where he would freeze or be hit by a vehicle.

"They gave me the wrong information a few times", Aldecosea said.