United Airlines accidentally flew German Shepherd Irgo back from Japan on its private jet. Picture: Facebook
United Airlines accidentally flew German Shepherd Irgo back from Japan on its private jet. Picture: Facebook

Watch dog, owner reunite after airline blunder

IRGO the 10-year-old German Shepherd is back from Japan after a shocking mix-up by United Airlines.

Owner Kara Swindle, 27, was yesterday reunited with her dog in Wichita, Kansas, two days after the airline sent her pooch across the world.

 

It comes after a French Bulldog puppy suffocated during a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York.

His owners said a flight attendant forced them to put him in the overhead cabin in a bag.

 

Irgo flew home on a private jet belonging to United Airlines.

"He instantly jumped up and was crying," Kara Swindle told CNN of the moment when they were reunited. "When he's super excited, he cries."

"It feels actually amazing to finally have him back," she said.

 

Ms Swindle had arranged for Irgo to fly with her family as they moved from Oregon to Kansas on Tuesday.

However, when she went to collect him she was given a Great Dane named Lincoln instead.

Kara Swindle was given this Great ane named Lincoln in Denver instead of her German Shepherd. Picture: Facebook
Kara Swindle was given this Great ane named Lincoln in Denver instead of her German Shepherd. Picture: Facebook

Irgo was on a one-way flight to Naruto, Japan, after handlers confused the two animals during a stopover at Denver Airport.

Ms Swindle said United was set to fly him home on a commercial flight but changed their minds at the last minute.

"United wouldn't let him fly in the cabin so they decided doing their corporate jet would be the best bet and got him there a whole lot faster as well," Ms Swindle said. "He's never gonna want to fly regular again!"

Kara Swindle says her German Shepherd Irgo will never want to fly commercial again after coming home from Japan on a private jet. Picture: Facebook
Kara Swindle says her German Shepherd Irgo will never want to fly commercial again after coming home from Japan on a private jet. Picture: Facebook

Ms Swindle said United Airlines had apologised to her but that she still planned to sue the airline to ensure "this never happens to anyone else".

News Corp Australia


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