Andie MacDowell spent an extra amount of money for her rescue dog Ava so they both could fly together in first class. Since this was her dog’s first plane trip ever, MacDowell was hoping that less people and fewer activities would keep the puppy calm. As it turns out, the actress’s good intentions have turned into a crucifixion not only of herself but also of other animal lovers.
Andie MacDowell tweeted at American Airlines on Friday after she was bumped from first class to tourist class, reports CBC News on January 24. “Paid for first class & they put me in tourist because of my dog that I pre-booked & paid for," wrote the 57-year-old actress on her Twitter page.
MacDowell was traveling with her rescue puppy to Charleston, South Carolina, for charity work, but even though her and her dog’s plane tickets had been confirmed, she was told by a rather rude American Airlines employee that her dog was not allowed in first class.
After Friday’s tweet to American Airlines that the airline company should reimburse her for flying in tourist class instead of first class, all “hell” broke loose. From accusations that the actress was elitist to accusations of being an animal lover, there was no end to it.
By Sunday, Andie MacDowell had heard it all and wrote in response the following tweets:
“I'm very happy flying in coach I'm happy on a bus or the subway but if I play for first class, that's where I want to be, that was the point.”
“Lessons learned never complain on Twitter & don't pay for first class on American Airlines, only express gratitude...can we move on now.”
Along with a photo of her loving rescue dog Ava, the actress tweeted the following:
“Two weeks ago she slept in cage and now she's in bed with me ...I thank God for her.”
While Andie Dowell just wants to focus on her rescue dog and her charity work, the incident has spiraled into outrage against elitist individuals who “insist” on flying first class and on animal lovers who take their pets where they don’t belong:
“I think it's an imposition to take animals on a plane no matter what you pay for them because the other people paid for their flights too. I am so allergic to cats and most dogs that I can tell you with 100% accuracy if either animal is even in the vicinity before I see or even hear of the critter. My nose and eyes run so bad that I'm totally miserable and that makes everyone around me miserable too. I'd have to get off the flight and that would upset everyone including you if it delayed the flight,” wrote one commentator.
“Getting tired of animal lovers shoving their dogs down everyone's throats. They don't belong in public spaces, restaurants, planes, malls, etc. I thought local laws prevented this??!! Keep them home with you where you can enjoy them, and not force them on others,” wrote another commentator in regard to Andie MacDowell and her rescue dog.