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Loose Iguanas Ground WestJet Flight in Toronto

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | September 19, 2016

Loose Iguanas Ground WestJet Flight in Toronto

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Traveling with multiple iguanas can be tricky, especially when they're being transported in a suitcase.

According to the Canadian Press, a WestJet flight from Cuba to Toronto was recently grounded north of the border when a passenger's pet iguanas got loose on the plane.

A spokeswoman for the airline confirmed the bizarre incident.

WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart told the Press that the passenger in question had hidden at least four iguanas in his checked luggage. However, custom officers only found two iguanas in the suitcase, prompting the flight to be grounded.

After the flight crew was alerted to the situation, the plane's cargo hold had to be fumigated to eliminate the risk of the lizards potentially chewing wires and damaging the aircraft. Fortunately, passengers weren't forced to wait too long and were eventually put on another plane that departed roughly an hour later.

While extremely unusual, Stewart says the incident should serve as a reminder to air travelers about flying with animals.

Passengers should always remember to book their pets ahead of time and transport them in the proper case.


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