The travel freakout knows no borders and today’s meltdown comes from Brazil’s Sao Paulo airport where a man was denied boarding a KLM flight with his pet rabbit (despite the fact that he had a court order giving him permission to do just that).
The Amsterdam-bound passenger, his partner, and his bunny were departing from the Cumbica airport – the airport that serves the greater Sao Paulo area. According to local news, the passenger had apparently received authorization from a court indicating that he could, in fact, travel with said rabbit. However, that information apparently was never relayed to the local KLM crewmembers where enforced their pet policy which restricts such travel to dogs and cats.
The passenger and his companion take umbrage with the denial of boarding and begin shouting and cursing at the local KLM employees, eventually descending into a physical alteration.
KLM, for its part, noted that there was an internal mistake made, offering this statement: “Due to an internal company mistake, the exceptional transport of the animal in the aircraft cabin, based on a court decision, was not communicated to the flight crew in advance.”
The couple and their bunny were later allowed to travel after obtaining further authorization from local courts and permission from KLM.
The rabbit issued no official statement.
Cover image credit: @Izabel_Raphael
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