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Airport staff's compassion for dogs goes viral

Puppy love at the airport: Heartwarming video captures staff's kindness

Source: Newsweek

A video of dogs in crates being carefully unloaded from a Virgin Australia plane has gone viral on TikTok.

The footage shows dogs being brought out from a plane and onto a transfer cart, one crate at a time. A glimpse of a white, fluffy-hair pup can be seen through the door of one of the three crates placed on the cart.

The clip was posted by TikTok user Bridget (@bridgethustwaite) and has gained 1.8 million views. A caption shared with the post reads: "Here I am minding my damn business in the @Virgin Australia lounge!! White floofy I think is called Trinx, owner Helen, your dog is safe!!"

In a later comment, user Helen Chen, who appeared to be the owner of the "white floofy" dog, wrote: "Haha his name is Tricks :) thanks for the video."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that "different airlines have different rules about whether and how a pet can travel. Depending on the airline, your pet may be able to travel on your flight either in the cabin or in the cargo hold."

The U.S. Department of Transportation details various requirements that must be fulfilled under the Animal Welfare Act when transporting pets. For example, cages and other shipping containers have to meet "the minimum standard for size, ventilation, strength, sanitation and design for safe handling."

Only small dogs and cats are allowed to travel in a plane cabin, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It says that "some airlines may not even allow them in, and will transport them as special baggage in a heated and ventilated hold."

@bridgethustwaite Here i am minding my damn business in the @Virgin Australia ♬ original sound - Bridget

Several TikTokers couldn't bear the thought of having their pets travel in the cargo hold of a plane. However, the IATA says: "Do not worry, cats and dogs actually travel better this way because it is quieter and they will rest in a darkened environment."

TikTokers were pleasantly surprised to see how gentle the airport workers appeared to be while handling the dogs in the clip.
User Ally said: "I'm so glad to see how gentle and kind they are to the animals, poor things have no clue what's going on."

The original poster replied: "I know it would be so scary for them!!!"

User computer one agreed, saying: "They handled them with great care though. Very nice to see."

User zarola525 said: "I like how gentle the person is. The right person for the job."

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