Girl Reunited With Her Pet Fish 3 Months After Leaving It Behind At The Airport

A Southwest Airlines passenger brought their fish to the Tampa airport. That’s not a pet you can check, and it’s not something that’s usually allowed on board either (though perhaps as an emotional support fish). Southwest only accepts small dogs and cats under its pet policy and doesn’t support pets as cargo.

What’s a passenger to do? Would you believe that a Southwest Airlines agent offered to keep the fish and care for it until the passenger returned? Oh, and this wasn’t the passenger’s home town – she had just finished her freshman year of college and wouldn’t be back for months. So the Southwest agent cared for the Beta fish for the entire summer.

They texted, and the incoming sophomore even got photos of her fish. Now she’s back in Tampa for her sophomore year – and she has her fish back.

Kira (the Customer with the fish) kept in touch with Ismael (our Employee, aka “Airport Fish Taker”) all throughout the summer after her freshman year in college as Ismael and his fiancé Jamee (a fellow Southwest Employee) took care of Theo (the Beta Fish).

— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 15, 2022

Almost four months later, Kira returned to Tampa for her sophomore year and met up with the couple to reunite with Theo! 🥺 #SouthwestHeart

— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 15, 2022

In marked contrast, Spirit Airlines once forced a college student to flush her emotional support hamster down the toilet in order to fly. (TSA, for its part, said the hamster could proceed through security if the woman wished.)

Someone also once left behind a goldfish at a TSA checkpoint – after managing to get it past top notch screeners in more than 3 ounces of water.

I want to see more stories like this one from Southwest. In fact I want to see them from American Airlines, whose slogan is ‘caring for people on life’s journey’. Either that or I want Southwest to adopt the tagline, ‘Finding Nemo.’

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