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post Nov 9 2019, 05:25 PM, updated 2w ago

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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a happy take-off and landing for a senior citizen and her service dog, who left from here, after enduring a 24-hour flight to the United States.

Mina Velloo Kuttie, 72, (pic) who was headed to Boston to meet her son, had initially placed Patch in a kennel as she prepared for her first flying experience with the dog.

Much to her surprise, the ground personnel of Qatar Airways told her at the check-in counter that Patch was welcomed onboard the passenger cabin to fly for free.

“I did not expect that Patch would be treated so well by the airline staff.

“Even the passengers were so welcoming, ” she said when contacted in Massachusetts where her son Muthu Kumar Veerapen works as a geneticist in the general hospital.

Muthu Kumar, 34, said his mother’s therapist felt that it would be a good idea to have Patch accompany her for emotional support.

“I checked and found that the airline allowed for a service animal onboard provided that the necessary documents were submitted, ” he said, adding that a letter from the therapist, Patch’s passport as well as its vaccination record were submitted to the airline.

Muthu Kumar said that Patch has been playing a role as emotional and support dog to his mother since his father died some years ago.

“We were not sure if Patch would be able to fly in the cabin and had a kennel fitted for her.

“It turned out that Qatar Airways took this seriously, especially because my mother was flying all the way to the US where support animals are given serious regard, ” he added.

Muthu Kumar, who has been based in Boston since 2011, said Patch, which weighs 12kg, was well-behaved during the flight.

“People on the plane commented on how human-like she is, ” he added.

A Qatar Airways representative here confirmed that Patch, a mixed-breed, was the first service dog to fly in-cabin out of Kuala Lumpur onboard its flight.

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) founder Wani Muthiah hoped that other airlines would follow the example of Qatar Airways.

“It is a very heartwarming gesture.

“Dogs are used by various agencies, including the Fire and Rescue Department, but some look at dogs with disdain.

“This must change, ” she added.

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post Nov 9 2019, 05:31 PM

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try bring onboard MAS.
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post Nov 9 2019, 05:32 PM

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Cukur tak kena viral tak hormat certain people. Not sure how MAS or Air Asia handle it
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post Nov 9 2019, 05:36 PM

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Singapore Airlines can or not? If cannot then deserved to be number 2 already.

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post Nov 9 2019, 05:37 PM

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bawang bawang nanti banyaklah komen tak hormat agama
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post Nov 9 2019, 05:40 PM

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Service dogs always ok. Even for people have anxiety around dogs most likely they would understand if you explain. It's not like you bringing poodle to the supremarket and use public trolley to carry the dog like its your ma pa properties.
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post Nov 9 2019, 05:44 PM

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All hell will break loose if it's local airline
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post Nov 9 2019, 05:51 PM

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QUOTE(ukapaka @ Nov 9 2019, 05:40 PM)
Service dogs always ok. Even for people have anxiety around dogs most likely they would understand if you explain. It's not like you bringing poodle to the supremarket and use public trolley to carry the dog like its your ma pa properties.
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I wonder what does a service dog do onboard an airplane? Even a seeing eye dog is not needed onboard much less this one that does nothing but provide emotional comfort. It’s not like the dog gonna sit next to her.
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post Nov 9 2019, 05:58 PM

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Kalau Malaysia Airlines dah kecoh demand seluruh cabin disamak.
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post Nov 9 2019, 06:01 PM

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QUOTE(United Rulez @ Nov 9 2019, 05:32 PM)
Cukur tak kena viral tak hormat certain people. Not sure how MAS or Air Asia handle it
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“MAU NAIK AIRLINE ORANG KITA MESTI HORMAT ORANG KITA KALAU TIDAK KO RENANG PERGI AMERIKA LA PUKIMAK !!”

I guess like this la
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post Nov 9 2019, 06:04 PM

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QUOTE(kkboy @ Nov 9 2019, 05:58 PM)
Kalau Malaysia Airlines dah kecoh demand seluruh cabin disamak.
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Yep
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post Nov 9 2019, 06:04 PM

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QUOTE(idoblu @ Nov 9 2019, 05:51 PM)
I wonder what does a service dog do onboard an airplane? Even a seeing eye dog is not needed onboard much less this one that does nothing but provide emotional comfort. It’s not like the dog gonna sit next to her.
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Dunno. Probably the lady need it because of the long distance flight. But she got her documents i suppose that's why it's allowable.
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post Nov 9 2019, 06:31 PM

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mas dun even fly direct to us liao

and of course, they like to out middle-east over the actual middle east

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post Nov 9 2019, 07:11 PM

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QUOTE(cedyy @ Nov 9 2019, 05:44 PM)
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whole plane kena samak?
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post Nov 9 2019, 07:14 PM

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QUOTE(hickups @ Nov 9 2019, 07:11 PM)
whole plane kena samak?
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If local airlines all staff oso kena!
Inb4 Qatar Airways is US airlines whistling.gif
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post Nov 9 2019, 07:16 PM

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QUOTE(cedyy @ Nov 9 2019, 05:44 PM)
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All Malaysia would be in chaos if local airline.

PAS Talibanistans would foam at the mouth decrying the haramness of this and that.

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post Nov 9 2019, 07:16 PM

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Happy news but /k all triggered laugh.gif
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post Nov 9 2019, 07:17 PM

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Fuuyo Qatar Airways. Such great service

No wonder all the major US carriers no like the gulf carriers. Their service are top notch and raking in the money

Then us carriers x puas hati, go and whine to their government to do something about them

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post Nov 9 2019, 07:17 PM

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QUOTE(hickups @ Nov 9 2019, 07:11 PM)
whole plane kena samak?
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Probably whole airport.
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post Nov 9 2019, 07:23 PM

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QUOTE(Mackiddo @ Nov 9 2019, 05:31 PM)
try bring onboard MAS.
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if MAS has flight in USA, they have to allow it
domestic flights in USA, pets are allowed onboard

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