Memo to would-be cat smugglers: Do not brag — on Instagram — about how you tricked an airline into allowing your fat furry feline to board the plane.
A man who tricked his way into getting his overweight cat into the passenger cabin of a plane has been penalized by a Russian airline.
Aeroflot stripped the passenger, Mikhail Galin, of his air miles and removed him from their frequent-flier program after he bragged on social media about sneaking his hefty pet onboard by switching him for a lighter cat during check-in….
The airline told Agence France-Presse that it opened an investigation after Mr. Galin’s post caught their attention, and that it eventually found video surveillance footage of the cat swap at check-in.
“Aeroflot has taken the decision to take this passenger out of its frequent flier program,” Aeroflot told the agency. “All of the miles collected during his time in the program will be annulled.” According to news reports, Mr. Galin had nearly 400,000 miles on his account….