Air Canada sent a passenger's cats from Toronto to San Francisco without him – and then told him to go collect them
Air Canadapassenger's catswere sent from Toronto to San Francisco without him.
- Abbas Zoeb was separated from his cats, Mimi and Bubba, for more than 15 hours.
Abbas Zoeb had checked in for his flight with Air Canada from Toronto to San Francisco on July 6 but his
He had a bigger problem, however: his two cats, Mimi and Bubba, got sent to San Francisco anyway.
Zoeb told Insider Air Canada said that "under no circumstances" would his cats fly without him, but his luggage might.
Yet after hours of waiting, he was then told the cats had indeed been sent to the US without him.
To make matters even worse, Zoeb said Air Canada then suggested he try to get to San Francisco himself, or ask someone in the city to collect the cats for him. "I said this is absurd and I don't have anyone to collect them," he said.
Close to midnight and more than 15 hours after being separated from his
"My pets were being treated like throwaway luggage and I was in anxiety all this time since no one could tell me where they were," Zoeb said. "Once I collected my pets they were visibly tired and feeling sick. Both were sneezing."
Air Canada is no longer allowing pets to be checked into the baggage compartments where Zoeb said his cats were placed, according to an update posted on the airline's website. The airline cited "longer than usual airport delays" for the new rules that are in effect until September 12.
Passengers who want to fly with their pets must now take them on board as hand luggage or ship them via Air Canada Cargo, the update says. The airline confirmed the policy in an email to Insider.
"I am glad they won't be taking pets in cargo anywhere because I don't want any pet parent to go through what I did," Zoeb added.
It is not the first time pets have got swept up in baggage chaos at Toronto Pearson airport.
Earlier this month, a dog was left "traumatized" after being left among
An Air Canada ramp agent working at Toronto airport told Insider that this summer's travel chaos was "hands down the worst" he'd seen in his six years working for the airline.
Air Canada told Insider: "The global air transport industry is currently challenged due to issues with airport capacity issues, airport-managed baggage systems and third-party providers of such services as passenger screening, customs, and air navigation. We are working hard with these partners and governments to resolve these issues as they are affecting the performance of airlines."
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