Travel Meltdowns, nasty bathrooms and hamster flushing: The strangest air travel stories of 2018 (so far)

19:32  12 april  2018
19:32  12 april  2018 Source:   sfgate.com

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Click through for the strangest airline travel stories of 2018 . Student claims Spirit Airlines told her to flush her pet hamster so she could board - February 8.

Meltdowns , nasty bathrooms and hamster flushing : The strangest air travel stories of 2018 ( so far ).

a plane sitting on the tarmac of an airport runway: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 13: A United Airlines plane taxis on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to a passenger survery conducted by SkyTrax, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was been named the best airport in North America for customer service. SkyTrax collected over 13 million questionnaires at 550 airports around the world. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 13: A United Airlines plane taxis on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to a passenger survery conducted by SkyTrax, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was been named the best airport in North America for customer service. SkyTrax collected over 13 million questionnaires at 550 airports around the world. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) a airplane that is sitting on a runway at an airport: British Airways passenger aircraft, operated by IAG SA, prepare for flights on the tarmac at London City Airport Ltd. in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. London City Airport, where a short runway has prevented operations with long-haul planes, said it's in talks about flights to the Middle East, Turkey and Russia as new jets bring more distant destinations within reach. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc British Airways passenger aircraft, operated by IAG SA, prepare for flights on the tarmac at London City Airport Ltd. in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. London City Airport, where a short runway has prevented operations with long-haul planes, said it's in talks about flights to the Middle East, Turkey and Russia as new jets bring more distant destinations within reach. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

We may be just a few months into 2018, but it feels like we've already seen a full year's worth of bizarre air travel stories so far this year.

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The stories : Topic: Hamster tricks Hi Hamster Place! My hamster story is that my teddy bear hammy… Meltdowns , nasty bathrooms and hamster flushing : The A flight from Oakland to Portland was boarding at 8:30 a.m. when a rat was seen hopping into the aircraft.

From incidents with pets to passengers acting out, 2018 has seen quite the collection of headlines about airplanes and airlines.

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But I’m not Aldecosea, who tells the Herald that her hamster , Pebbles, “was so loving. That’s when the stories of Aldecosea and Spirit stop lining up. Aldecosea claims a Spirit employee suggested she let the hamster out outdoors, or flush it down the toilet.

a person sitting in a car: Airline seating sex discrimination controversy In 2010, a businessman's complaints received widespread attention after he was asked to switch seats by British Airways due to a rule that did not allow the airline did seat adult males next to a child they did not know. The airline changed the seating rule after the 35-year-old businessman said he was being treated like a © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Airline seating sex discrimination controversy In 2010, a businessman's complaints received widespread attention after he was asked to switch seats by British Airways due to a rule that did not allow the airline did seat adult males next to a child they did not know. The airline changed the seating rule after the 35-year-old businessman said he was being treated like a "child molester." Source: The Telegraph a military airplane parked on the side of a road: The Denver Broncos arrive at Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Sunday, January 31, 2016. © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc The Denver Broncos arrive at Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Some of the stories were brutally tragic (dog dying after being forced into an overhead bin), but others were hilariously ironic (flight with over 80 plumbers on board making an emergency landing after toilet problems).

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Click through the slideshow above to see the most insane air travel stories of 2018 so far.

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