Lubbock, Texas – A Texas couple shares their story of when they unknowingly brought a five-pound Chihuahua to the airport in their luggage.
“Yes, we accidentally took a dog with us,” said Jared Owens.
Jared and Christy Owens were from Lubbock and headed to Las Vegas last fall, and the plan was to leave their “Icky” Chihuahua at home with Christy’s mom.
“Just for a quick little weekend getaway to get away from our crazy house. All our animals, crazy kids,” Christie said.
They admit that they were in a hurry, with Jared packing his suitcase at the last minute.
“I packed up and sort of checked things out,” Jared said. “I finally put my shoes on, and zipped them on.”
Little did they know, there was a bit of stealth in that shoe. When they got to the airport, their luggage was two pounds over the weight limit, so they decided to move a few things. When they opened the bag, there was an ikki!
“It was totally comfortable, wrapped in all the clothes,” said Christie.
Owens was in shock, and they felt so guilty about what happened, but Aki was just fine.
“This dog didn’t make any noise or sound,” Jared said. “Maybe she’s like that old lady with a gambling problem trying to come to Vegas. I don’t know.”
“I’m not surprised that a pet is able to sneak into a bag once in a while,” said Patty Mancha, a spokeswoman for the Texas Transportation Safety Administration.
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Mancha says this is a teachable moment.
“It is the duty of travelers to know exactly what is in their bag,” Mancha said.
And I had to ask, what about Austin Bergstrom International Airport?
“No, nothing like that happened. We’ve never heard of a cat being bagged or anything,” said AUS spokesperson Billy Grimmett.
For Icky, fortunately, Jared’s uncle, who lives near the Lubbock Airport, was able to pick her up.
“We got to Vegas. We had a really good trip. We really called it a good luck charm. We usually leave quite a bit of money there, but we actually made some good money this weekend,” said Jared Owens.
“You know, she got her 10 minutes of fame, and now it’s, you know, she’s there,” Jared said.
“It’s notorious,” Christie said.
The staff from Southwest have been so helpful, Jared and Kristi say, that they even sent them a pet carrier for Icky.