Passenger Buys Two Extra Seats For His Great Dane On Transcontinental Flight

by Anthony Losanno
a dog sleeping on a seat in an airplane

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Gabriel Bogner, 27, was traveling from Los Angeles to New York City with his Great Dane, Darwin. Instead of the dog going underneath the plane, Darwin had his own two seats on the American Airlines flight.

@gibbon1215

Who says Great Danes aren’t airplane dogs. Shoutout to @American Airlines for making our move to Brooklyn a piece of cake though! (Yes I bought 3 seats for us on the plane) #greatdane #dog #gay #fyp #tiktok #newyork #brooklyn #doggo

♬ Funny Background – Stefani

Bogner was moving to Brooklyn and says that he flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA). I’m not sure what flight he was on as American doesn’t fly nonstop between the two airports (Delta did recently start this route on Saturdays), so Darwin had to have a connecting flight. A video posted on TikTok by the dog’s owner (@gibbon1215) has now been viewed 17.9 million times.

@gibbon1215

Wanted to share a few more videos of Darwin showing how tight it was for her on the floor, hence why I asked if she could come on the seats. The last video is her on the seats just looking up (not howling) with sound. #greatdane #tiktok #dog #fyp

♬ original sound – Gibbon

He purchased a row of three seats so that he and the dog would have space. I commend him for thinking about other passengers as I have seen countless others board with dogs with no forethought as to where the dog would sit in flight.

Service Animal AA

American Airlines, like all airlines, has policies for service dogs. It’s not mentioned anywhere that Darwin is a service dog. Bogner is lucky they allowed him to have the Great Dane on board as there is no option to check pets unless you are US military or US State Department Foreign Service personnel traveling on official orders. It’s good that they both made it to their new home in Brooklyn and that Darwin enjoyed her first flight.

Anthony’s Take: I love dogs and would have welcomed the opportunity to fly with Darwin since she’s well behaved and not bothering anyone. I’ve seen other poorly trained dogs on flights, but that is more a reflection of their owners and training. I’m not sure how Darwin’s owner got around the service animal and pet policies here. Any idea what flight this was on? I’m still curious of the route.

(Featured Image Credit: @gibbon1215 via TikTok.)

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Christian August 13, 2023 - 2:41 pm

The passenger made sure that no one else had to get up close and personal with his well behaved dog. Props.

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