Y’all. When it comes to travel stories, I will spend hours on end reading about an incident. These incidents range from the catastrophic to the bizarre and all things in between. When I hear about a bizarre incident, I run (or click) directly to Passenger Shaming on Instagram for the hot take. Well, I got quite the treat today when I read about a passenger breastfeeding a hairless cat on a Delta Airlines’ flight.
At this point, your face probably has an expression of confusion, amazement, and a bit of disgust. Let me set the stage for the incident.
According to an unverified Aircraft Communications and Reporting System (ACARS) message that has gone viral, a passenger seated in 13A on Delta Airlines Flight 1360 from Syracuse, New York to Atlanta, Georgia had a hairless cat swaddled in a blanket and was trying to breastfeed it. I saw trying because, according to one of the flight attendants, the cat would not latch on the pass’s breast. The passenger also would not return the cat to its carrier when requested by a flight attendant.
What. The. Heck.
This incident reportedly occurred in early November but started making the rounds on the worldwide web during Thanksgiving week.
Delta Airlines supports women on the ground and in the air when it comes to breastfeeding or pumping. Delta also allows animals to travel in the aircraft cabin’s but they are required to remain kenneled for the duration of flight. The policy does not explicitly say if a passenger is allowed to breastfeed an animal.
I think the human species are some of the most dynamic, resilient, problem solving creatures. When I first read the story of the passenger breastfeeding the cat, I did not know if I was grossed out or impressed. I mean it is not often we see humans breastfeeding animals but what if the cat was a newborn and needed to be fed. Whatever the rationale for the breastfeed gone wrong, the passengers received a rare treat of a selective breed receiving a selective feed. I’ll see myself out.
What is the craziest thing you have seen on a flight?