Denver Airport Employees Are Looking After Betta Fish That Was Denied Boarding
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
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.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees