United Hare Lines, umm, Airlines welcomed aboard a cute little bunny onboard a flight from San Francisco to Osaka in business class. Of course it was an “emotional support” animal.
The incident occurred over a year ago, but has just now caught the attention of the internet, including Live and Let’s Fly. Takako Ogawa had just concluded an extended gig in the Silcon Valley and was returning home to Japan. With her was her faithful companion of eight years, Coco.
But Ogawa wasn’t keen to put Coco in the cargo hold, fearing she might not make it home.
Ogawa told Insider:
“My friend had a cat that was put in the cargo that got so nervous during the flight that she couldn’t eat for another week after landing. That kind of pressure might have been bad for Coco because she is older now.”
So she did what any savvy traveler would do: quickly obtained a “doctor’s letter” online attesting that little Coco was an emotional support animal.
The plan was for Coco to fly at Ogawa’s feet during UA35, the 12-hour flight to Osaka. But it turns out that wasn’t necessary.
As does happen from time to time, the flight went out with open seats in business class, including the seat next to Ogawa. Flight attendants, also wooed by Coco’s cuteness, invited her out.
And then offered her mixed nuts.
Oh yes, and ice cream.
“I thought it was super nice of the flight attendants to let her use the unoccupied cubicle next to me, and for bringing her treats throughout the trip.”
That sounds like an understatement.
Coco was a doll (no word where she defecated, but let’s stay positive, shall we…) and as the pictures below attest, taken special care of. Donning a bow tie, he was even dressed for the occasion.
I warn my three-year-old son that he won’t always be so cute and get away with things. I feel like the same logic applies here. Regular readers know I am a fairly vocal opponent of emotional support animal in general. But it’s hard to get angry at such a cute, quiet little bunny.
Are you angry United let a bunny in a bow tie occupy a business class seat?
images: Takako Ogawa / Facebook