McCarran Airport Complaint - Animal Lovers Beware
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- So long story short I was traveling via US Airways from McCarran with a cat traveling, in cabin, with me (paid the pet fee and everything) the cat was drugged by a vet for the flight and was happily out of it and laying down, the carrier met airline specs and the cat fit in the carrier. When I got to the main check-in my cat wouldn't stand up (its understandable, Zanax makes humans not want to move) so they did not want to check-in the cat because they thought she couldn't stand up in the carrier (she could, I love my cat and she lives better than I do) I was traveling back to North Carolina and had already turned in my rental car so I asked them what I was supposed to do and the attendant said very curtly to "let her loose in the parking garage" and then snickered and turned to a security woman behind the counter and security said that "they'd let her loose and hope she was run over" and started laughing again and walked away. Now I understand that theres no way they could of known, but that cat adopted me at the same time I was pregnant with my son...once again long story short, the cats still here, my son is not.
But what they said tripped a nerve and I was so taken aback about the inhumane and uncaring way they were handling the situation that I told them I was not letting my cat loose in the garage and after me starting to cry (which I never do in public, ask my friends) and arguing with them another 5 minutes they finally said to goto the gate and leave it up to them. I had no issues at security (they were actually very nice and loved petting her at 6am) and the gate crew gave me no issues and let us onboard. I didn't even have any issues reboarding in Atlanta, on my plane change/layover. Once I had calmed down and got to Raleigh I considered calling McCarran and the SPCA but I figured they had a bad morning and to drop it.
It has been a year since then and it still haunts me to this day... like; If I have to travel with her again (moving back to vegas) will I have the same issues or will it be worse or how many other people have they done this too (or worse)