Turkish Airlines Flight Returns to Gate Due to Passenger's Uncaged Cat

Turkish Airlines

On January 4, 2024, a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER bound for Athens had to return to the gate due to an uncaged cat causing a disturbance in the cabin. Turkish Airlines flight TK1843, originating from Istanbul Airport (IST) and destined for Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) in Greece, experienced an unexpected incident as it taxied for departure.

The specific aircraft involved was one of Turkish Airlines' fleet of 35 Boeing 777-300ERs, a seven-year-old aircraft with registration TC-LJI, per Planespotters' information.

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The disruption occurred when a passenger allowed their uncaged cat to roam freely in the cabin, prompting fellow passengers to report the issue to the cabin crew. RadarBox data indicates that the aircraft returned to the gate, resulting in a delay of two hours. The flight eventually departed at 10:00 a.m. local time after the passenger and the cat were removed from the plane.

Further investigation into the incident revealed that the passenger had brought the cat onboard without reservation, payment, or a suitable carrier for the animal. Consequently, Turkish Airlines is reportedly considering blacklisting the passenger, who has allegedly exhibited similar behaviour on previous flights with the airline.

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