On the finish of December 2021, Courtney Cipar and her French Bulldog Charlie boarded a Southwest Airways flight from Nashville to Philadelphia. Cipar had paid to have Charlie within the cabin along with her throughout the flight.
Whereas nonetheless within the air, 3-year-old Charlie allegedly suffered from heatstroke and a seizure. Although Cipar, an X-ray technician, sensed her canine having issue respiratory, she says flight personnel wouldn’t permit her to take him out of the service.
Earlier than they even arrived at their closing vacation spot, Charlie died. His heartbroken and livid mother blames Southwest for this horrifying ending.
Cipar’s lawyer, Evan Oshan, gave a press release to Individuals on her behalf:
“After I tried to take Charlie out of the service and even open the service, the Southwest airline personnel threatened to show the aircraft again and that I might have penalties. As Charlie moaned for air, I used to be unable to assist him, and he died.”
No Indicators Of Bother Prior To Flying
In a Fb publish mourning Charlie, Cipar defined that her canine had been on many flights and skilled modifications in air stress and temperature previous to this. Her canine, she claims, was completely wholesome earlier than getting on that aircraft.
“Charlie has been my journey companion from day one, been on 20 plus flights, pushed cross nation, summited a number of mountains. As a touring X-ray tech he has been my assist system on the street and in life.”
Cipar says the temperature on her aircraft was too excessive and that she had requested employees to decrease it. She additionally tried to vent the service by opening it barely for Charlie, which Southwest wouldn’t permit.
“I used to be informed both shut it or the entire flight will flip round and you’ll lose your ticket and the entire flight might be delayed regardless of me making an attempt to elucidate that if he stored respiratory like that he would die, the flight attendant simply talked over me.”
Feeling each helpless and livid, Cipar added:
“He’s irreplaceable and I’m heartbroken, residing a nightmare.”
Ready On Substantial Response From Southwest
On Dec. twenty seventh, six days after Charlie’s loss of life, Southwest contacted Cipar and mentioned they’d refund her ticket for the flight. In any other case, based on Oshan, the airline has offered “no response in anyway” to him or his shopper relating to Charlie’s loss of life.
A Southwest spokesperson did present a press release to TMZ:
“We’re disheartened to study concerning the passing of this buyer’s pet and have been in touch along with her to study extra. Tens of hundreds of consumers journey with cats and canine each month on Southwest. Whereas onboard the plane, pets should stay of their well-ventilated carriers always for the consolation and security of fellow prospects.”
It looks as if that aforementioned rule could possibly be amended in dire circumstances, Cipar says.
“That is why legal guidelines must be modified for animals on board air crafts. I ought to have been allowed to take care of his primary wants as a substitute I needed to attend to his useless physique.”
It’s now been 4 weeks since Charlie’s loss of life. Will the airline change its inflexible coverage, or will the canine’s loss of life be in useless?