Lauderdale flight but when she got to the airport in Baltimore she was told by a Spirit airline employee that she can not bring the hamster on board and was told to either set it free outside or flush it down the toilet.
"Our reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines", spokesman Derek Dombrowski wrote in an email. The 21-year-old college student said she had been assured in advance the hamster could travel with her and said an airline employee advised her to either flush the animal or let it loose outside.
But Spirit refused to allow the animal on the flight at the Baltimore airport.
A Florida woman has reportedly filed a formal complaint with Spirit Airlines, after she claimed the staff forced her to flush her pet hamster down the toilet.
Aldecosea, meanwhile, is now considering filing a lawsuit against the airline for pressuring her into making the decision, with her lawyer Adam Goodman claiming Pebbles was "a tiny cute harmless hamster that could fit in the palm of your hand".
Aldecosea said her doctor certified her hamster as an emotional support animal and she had the certificate with her to prove the authenticity of it.
While she was panicking, she alleges that a member of Spirit staff suggested she either let Pebbles go free outside or flush her pet down the toilet.
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She took Pebbles and flushed the animal down the toilet. She said she then sat in a bathroom stall crying for 10 minutes.
However, the airline strenuously denies that its employees played any part in encouraging Pebbles' untimely death. "I was emotional. I was crying". She chose the latter, telling the Miami Herald that it would be more humane to kill Pebbles immediately rather than letting her freeze outside or get hit by a auto.
As her flight time neared, Aldecosea faced a choice - and decided it would be more humane to end Pebbles' life than abandon her outside.
"It's hard, but you really have to look at the circumstances because this whole thing only makes sense with someone telling her to (flush the animal)", said Goodman.
However, the airline refused her entry onto the plane and told her to get rid of him. She had very few alternatives with her family and friends in Florida hours away.
"Hamsters are welcome in our checkpoint", the agency said in a statement. Most of them, including American, Delta and United, to no allow rodents out of safety and health concerns.
The Transportation Safety Administration allows hamsters to pass security, but it's up to airlines to decide if they're allowed on boards.