Oxygen canisters aboard JetBlue flights are literally going to the dogs. A French Bulldog experiencing a panic attack midair was rescued by quick-thinking flight attendants who administered oxygen to the dog. The pup quickly recovered and continued the flight without further incident.
Two JetBlue flight attendants are being hailed as heroes after their quick thinking saved the life of a French Bulldog riding in the cabin. Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV reports that the two crew members used oxygen and a small mask to help the dog recover from a panic attack.
The dog, Darcy, was in flight with Steven and Michele Burt from Florida to the Boston area on Thursday, July 5. Shortly after takeoff, the dog displayed signs of distressed breathing. After a short time, Darcy’s tongue was turning blue – a sign she was not getting enough oxygen.
The two flight attendants, known only as Renaud and Diane, sprang into action to help the dog recover. Using an oxygen tank and a small mask, Darcy began to come down from panicking and difficulty breathing. Within a few minutes, Michele said the dog’s breathing was back to normal. After a short time, the dog no longer needed the mask and was breathing fine on her own.
The flight ultimately continued on to its final destination without any further incident. The Burts are praising the two airline employees, saying that they saved the life of their prized puppy.
“I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life,” Michele told WCVB. “Some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine. I do not.”
Their story comes as more airlines are restricting what types of animals can fly in the cabin with their owners. In addition to restricting service animals, Delta Air Lines severely restricted what types of animals are allowed onboard in January, while United Airlines introduced restrictions on “snub-nosed” dogs – like French Bulldogs – in June.