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Sunday, 17 March 2013

United Airlines Mistakenly Sends Phoenix-Bound Dog From Newark To Ireland -

United Airlines Mistakenly Sends Phoenix-Bound Dog From Newark To Ireland - 

United Airlines accidentally sent this dog from Newark Liberty Airport to Ireland, when it was supposed to go to Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo: CBS 2)
Right ticket, wrong destination — by 5,000 miles!

A dog that was supposed to fly from Newark Liberty International Airport to Arizona ended up in Ireland.

But why?

Six-year-old Springer Spaniel “Hendrix,” who was named after the jet-setting rock star, endured a long journey. Like his legendary namesake Jimi, the dog is now an international traveler, but was not supposed to be.

“I was not happy,” the dog’s owner, Edith Alback, told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

United Airlines is now in the dog house with Alback. She paid $408 for Hendrix to fly, plus $160 for the crate, while fully expecting safe transportation for the dog to Phoenix, Ariz.

But instead, the pooch wound up in lush, green Ireland.

At home last night in the Great Kills section of Staten Island, Alback was thinking her dog would land in Arizona any minute.

However, that changed when a United Airlines representative contacted her.

“Somebody called me and told me that there was something wrong with the dog, and that the dog was on its way to Ireland instead of to Phoenix,” Alback said.

In a 24-hour period, Hendrix took not one, but three flights.

One from from Newark to Shannon, Ireland that took seven hours. He then spent two hours on the ground there. Then the dog headed back from Shannon to Newark and finally from Newark to Phoenix on a five-hour flight.

“So this dog’s been in a crate since last night,” Alback said.

The airline is giving the family a refund.

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