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Travel Meltdowns, nasty bathrooms and hamster flushing: The strangest air travel stories of 2018 (so far)

19:32  12 april  2018
19:32  12 april  2018 Source:   sfgate.com

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Click through for the strangest airline travel stories of 2018 . Student claims Spirit Airlines told her to flush her pet hamster so she could board - February 8.

Meltdowns , nasty bathrooms and hamster flushing : The strangest air travel stories of 2018 ( so far ).

a plane sitting on the tarmac of an airport runway: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 13: A United Airlines plane taxis on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to a passenger survery conducted by SkyTrax, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was been named the best airport in North America for customer service. SkyTrax collected over 13 million questionnaires at 550 airports around the world. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 13: A United Airlines plane taxis on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to a passenger survery conducted by SkyTrax, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was been named the best airport in North America for customer service. SkyTrax collected over 13 million questionnaires at 550 airports around the world. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) a airplane that is sitting on a runway at an airport: British Airways passenger aircraft, operated by IAG SA, prepare for flights on the tarmac at London City Airport Ltd. in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. London City Airport, where a short runway has prevented operations with long-haul planes, said it's in talks about flights to the Middle East, Turkey and Russia as new jets bring more distant destinations within reach. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc British Airways passenger aircraft, operated by IAG SA, prepare for flights on the tarmac at London City Airport Ltd. in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. London City Airport, where a short runway has prevented operations with long-haul planes, said it's in talks about flights to the Middle East, Turkey and Russia as new jets bring more distant destinations within reach. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

We may be just a few months into 2018, but it feels like we've already seen a full year's worth of bizarre air travel stories so far this year.

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Fri 9 Feb 2018 02.32 EST First published on Thu 8 Feb 2018 14.59 EST. The 21-year-old college student said that she had been assured in advance that the hamster could travel with her and said that an airline employee advised her to either flush the animal or let it loose outside.

Click through for the strangest airline travel stories of 2018 . Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images. Student claims Spirit Airlines told her to flush her pet hamster so she could board - February 8.

From incidents with pets to passengers acting out, 2018 has seen quite the collection of headlines about airplanes and airlines.

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Click through for the strangest airline travel stories of 2018 . Student claims Spirit Airlines told her to flush her pet hamster so she could board - February 8.

Pebbles the hamster wasn't so lucky. She decided to flush the hamster down the toilet. “She was scared. — Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) February 8, 2018 . I understand why people are mocking this story .

a person sitting in a car: Airline seating sex discrimination controversy In 2010, a businessman's complaints received widespread attention after he was asked to switch seats by British Airways due to a rule that did not allow the airline did seat adult males next to a child they did not know. The airline changed the seating rule after the 35-year-old businessman said he was being treated like a © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Airline seating sex discrimination controversy In 2010, a businessman's complaints received widespread attention after he was asked to switch seats by British Airways due to a rule that did not allow the airline did seat adult males next to a child they did not know. The airline changed the seating rule after the 35-year-old businessman said he was being treated like a "child molester." Source: The Telegraph a military airplane parked on the side of a road: The Denver Broncos arrive at Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Sunday, January 31, 2016. © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc The Denver Broncos arrive at Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Some of the stories were brutally tragic (dog dying after being forced into an overhead bin), but others were hilariously ironic (flight with over 80 plumbers on board making an emergency landing after toilet problems).

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Click through the slideshow above to see the most insane air travel stories of 2018 so far.

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