Macaulay Culkin was left behind when his family went on vacation, but what if a sequel had been filmed where he’d snuck into the family luggage and wound up checked in the cargo hold instead? That almost happened in real life, but with a chihuahua rather than a child actor.
A family flying from Lubbock, Texas to Las Vegas at Southwest Airlines brought their luggage to the ticket counter to be checked. The agent flagged the bag as overweight. So the couple opened the suitcase to rearrange things in order to avoid overweight bag fees.
And that’s when they discovered the family dog inside.
“She didn’t make a peep, not one sound. We had no clue and as soon as we unzipped it, she just came crawling right out,” said Kristi.
…The couple put the mishap down to the fact that Jared is a last-minute packer and said that before she escaped from their house, Icky was due to be looked after by Kristi’s mom alongside their two other dogs, a rabbit, a fish, and their two children, aged 4 and 8.
“I guess this little burrower just burrowed down in the bottom of it and we never had any clue,” said Jared.
The bag was only 6 pounds overweight and this is the first time passengers have been lucky an airline employee didn’t just let it slide. (After all, baggage scales may not be properly calibrated, and small overages could be a mistake.)
According to Southwest Airlines,
We thank our employee for showing the hospitality that Southwest is known for to everyone – even our four-legged friends!
Southwest’s counter agent thought they “were trying to smuggle the dog” onto the plane to avoid fees. The agent actually “offered to dog-sit for them while they were in Vegas.” But an uncle came to the airport to pick up the dog instead.
(HT: Paul H)