(No, not the easily-trolled fat cats who just can’t stop giving Sen. Warren free campaign ads…)
This found its way onto my Twitter timeline yesterday, and I just had to share it with y’all.
This story is what I wanted Ocean’s 8 to be https://t.co/cB4dMAgeGt
— Iva Dixit (@ivadixit) November 13, 2019
From the NYT…
When airline employees told Mr. Galin that his 22-pound cat, Viktor, was simply too heavy to fly in the passenger cabin on a flight to Vladivostok, in eastern Russia, he devised a plan to ensure his kitty did not wind up in the cargo hold.
…After asking friends for help, he then sourced a 15-pound feline called Fibi, describing her as an “understudy cat.”
When he presented the slimmer pet at check-in, she came under the airline’s limit of eight kilograms, or about 17 pounds… Mr. Galin and Fibi were approved for takeoff.
But unknown to Aeroflot and its staff, Mr. Galin swapped Fibi for his real pet, Viktor, before boarding the plane.
Cute, but there’s an even sillier moment buried in that piece:
The story of the cat swap became so widespread in Russia that it was even mentioned on Wednesday in a daily call between President Vladimir V. Putin and Russian journalists.
Mr. Putin said that the Kremlin did not comment about cats.
Such a terrible policy. One of his many, granted, but…