“Only thing I got is my girl and my dogs, swear to God I don’t wanna lose it all”, rapper ScHoolboy Q – whose real name is Quincy Matthew Hanley – sang in one of his songs. Unfortunately, for a brief time he did lose a dog. Or rather, United Airlines did.
ScHoolboy Q was travelling from Missouri to California with his French bulldog puppy Yeerndamean, when something went wrong: during a layover, Yeerndamean was accidentally switched with another dog and flown to Chicago instead. Needless to say, his owner was less than impressed when he found himself with the wrong dog upon arrival, and demanded answers as well as threatening to sue.
You guys r idiots @united HOW U PUT MY DOG ON THE WRONG FLIGHT???? I need answers
— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolboyQ) July 14, 2017
United Airlines found itself facing numerous controversies this year affecting both human and animal passengers – from the passenger violently dragged away from his assigned seat as the airline reclaimed it for their crew members to one of the world’s largest rabbits dying in its cargo hold during transport. The fact brachycephalic breeds like the French bulldog can be especially vulnerable to breathing problems during air travel, to the point some airlines refuse to transport them, only added to the worries.
Thankfully, this story had a happy ending: United Airlines has said in a statement that Yeerndamean has been returned to his owner safe and sound, and ScHoolboy Q confirmed as much on Snapchat.
It is not yet known whether relief will be enough to convince ScHoolboy Q not to sue the airline.