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:   SF Gate

The one thing you should never wear going to the airport

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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.

Belen Aldecosea, 21, on Thursday accused Spirit Airlines of causing her to tearfully flush Pebbles the hamster down a toilet in an airport bathroom after the company The Department of Transportation's guidelines for air travel with service animals states "unusual First Published Feb 8 2018 , 6:15 pm ET.

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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If this Instagram-famous peacock taught us anything, it's that traveling with an exotic emotional support animal can quickly turn into a complete nightmare. But Baxter seems to have escaped a far worse fate than Pebbles, an emotional support hamster who was reportedly flushed down an airport toilet

by Katherine Fan. February 10th, 2018 . So on November 21, Aldecosea went into the bathroom at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and flushed her pet down the toilet. Her friends were too far away to come pick up the hamster .

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

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21-year-old student Belen Aldecosea - of Miami Beach, Florida - flushed her dwarf hamster The airline refused to allow Dexter to get on board the aircraft, despite the passenger going so far as Under America's Air Carrier Access Act, certain emotional support animals are allowed to travel with

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.

There Are No Countries in the World That Begin with These 2 Letters .
Photo: ShutterStock Bet You Can’t Name a Country That Begins With These Two Letters! Put your thinking caps on, globe-savvy readers. Can you name a country that starts with every letter in the English alphabet? Some might come to you right away, like Australia, Brazil, and Canada. Others could be trickier, like Kenya or Luxembourg. While you could go on like this for all 195 countries, you won't solve it for all 26 letters in the alphabet. In fact, no matter how long you muse and mull over this puzzling problem, there are two letters that no countries in the world start with. See if you can guess which ones they are. Ready for the answer? Drum roll, please: Turns out, no countries in the world start with the letters W or X. Some might be quick to point out that Wales, which is considered a country, starts with the letter W. But Wales is actually part of a larger 'sovereign state,' the United Kingdom, and is not a member of the United Nations (UN). As a result, it is often not included in official totals of countries. (This is the real difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain.) If you guessed Y, you were close--but you probably forgot about Yemen, which is the only country in the world that starts with the letter Y. Meanwhile, Oman is the only country that starts with the letter O. Other rare letters include Q and Z; no countries but Zambia and Zimbabwe begin with the letter Z, while Qatar is the lone country that starts with Q.

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