A Russian man recently posted a Facebook post showing off how he replaces his pet cat with a thin cat while checking in and brings his overweight pet cat onboard, foreign media outlet Business Insider reported.
Passenger Mikhail Galin posted an article on Facebook last week outlining the journey of flying his cat Viktor from Latvia to his home in Vladivostock, eastern Russia, via Moscow.
The weighing at check-in shows the cat weighing up to 10kg, while the airline limits the weight of the in-cabin pet to 8kg.
Galin didn’t want to put his pet in the hold, so he changed to the next day’s flight and decided to try to find a “lighter-weight cat replacement” in Moscow.
The next day, when he returned to the airport, he brought a smaller cat, Phoebe, to weigh it. Meanwhile, Phoebe’s owner helped him watch Viktor somewhere nearby. After weighing, Galin switched back to Viktor and boarded the plane smoothly.
However, Aeroflot was not happy with Galin’s approach, AFP reported. The company has launched an investigation, including a review of airport surveillance. Afp said the company had determined that Galin’s practices violated airline rules and invalidated the 400,000 miles that Garin had accumulated over the years.
“Aeroflot has decided to remove this passenger from its frequent flyer program,” the airline told AFP. All miles he collected during the program will be forvalidated. “
Neither Galin nor Aeroflot responded to Business Insider’s requests for comment.