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Man uses cat body double; Aeroflot cancels his FF account

Man uses cat body double; Aeroflot cancels his FF account

Old Nov 14, 19, 10:59 am
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Man uses cat body double; Aeroflot cancels his FF account

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50398672

  • Man has a fat cat named Viktor
  • Travels RIX-SVO with Viktor in an in-cabin cat carrier, no issues
  • When checking in for SVO-VVO, check-in agent says cat exceeds weight for in-cabin transportation
  • Man cancels ticket
  • Man finds friend with a similar-looking cat named Phoebe that doesn't weigh as much
  • Man books last-minute J award ticket for SVO-VVO
  • Man presents Phoebe at check-in desk, check-in agent gives okay
  • Man then swaps Phoebe for Viktor and boards the plane
  • Man takes pictures and brags about it on social media, goes viral
  • SU picks up on viral story and cancels man's FF account (supposedly 380k miles remaining)
  • Man shrugs shoulders
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Old Nov 15, 19, 4:36 am
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This was already in a lot of blogs the last couple of days..
For me this guy TOTALLY deserved it for being arrogant.....(because of trying to show how smart he was). Should have just left it as it and not try and show the whole world how clever he (and his friends) were....

I guess he should be lucky that no legal charges were brought upon his actions..

Cheers!
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Old Nov 18, 19, 12:37 am
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Originally Posted by nldogbert View Post
I guess he should be lucky that no legal charges were brought upon his actions..
He broke no law, so no charges are possible. And there was no financial loss for Aeroflot (instead, the airline got profit due to him having to get another ticket and then losing all the miles). The passenger circumvented airline rules only (and the airline has already used 'capial punishment" availiable to it for that).

However, Aeroflot actually ended up with huge losses. Public opinion is against the airline, some people wowed to quit flying Aeroflot or using Aeroflot Bonus, and there is even no "victory" over the passenger, as the cat owner has already got compensational bonuses from multiple companies and people. The cat also seems to be happy and having an interesting celebrity life.

Huge flop for Aeroflot. And not the first one.
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Old May 17, 20, 3:29 pm
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Victor the cat latest (actually in March before lockdown)
Victor took S7 Airlines for VVO-OVB-DME trip to Moscow to receive Cat of the Year award.
S7 has relaxed animal rules to allow 10 kg cats / dogs in cabin instead of previous limit of 8 kg.


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