Denver Airport Employees Are Looking After Betta Fish That Was Denied Boarding

Dec 19, 2018

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It has been an exciting week for one male pink betta fish.

The pet fish, named Cassie, was brought to the Denver Airport last week by its owner, college student Lanice Powless, in order to board a flight home to California. But, the trip hit a sudden snag when a Southwest employee told Powless it was against the airline’s animal policy to have live fish fly in the cabin. Cassie the fish was denied boarding and was reportedly handed off to an unknown person at the airport.

Now, we finally have an update on the betta fish’s whereabouts. And he has been in good hands.

Staff members at the Denver Airport have been looking after Cassie while Powless is away.

“The fish was found at the airport last week by an airport employee and turned in to an information booth (as is common with lost and found items),” the Denver International Airport told USA TODAY. “Since then, our great customer service team has been taking care of Cassie until we (can) reunite him with Lanice. We’ve been in touch with Lanice and she is making arrangements to get him back.”

Cassie even “wrote a letter” to his “mom,” the airport said.

“Everyone has been really nice to me and has been taking good care of me,” the note said. “But I’m ready to come home.”

The initial confusion with the fish occurred because the Transportation Security Administration allows live fish in water to be carried on planes if they are in a clear transparent container and inspected by a TSA officer, it says on its website. Southwest’s pet policy, however, only allows for small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs to travel in the cabin if they fit underneath the seat.

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