JetBlue flight crew helps French Bulldog distress

Marco Green
July 11, 2018

Michelle and Steven Burt were on a JetBlue flight from Florida to MA last week when they noticed their dog Darcy seemed distressed, according to a letter from Mrs Burt published on The Everyday Jumpseater's Facebook page.

Steven and Michele Burt said they were flying home to Boston from Florida on Thursday when their dog, Darcy, showed signs that she was having trouble breathing.

When holding her and giving her water didn't help, two flight attendants provided an oxygen mask for Darcy to help her breathe, which may have saved her life.

In a letter written to JetBlue, Michele Burt shared the story of how Spencer and Asher went above and beyond their line of duty to help Burt's three-year-old French bulldog, Darcy.

She held Darcy in her lap, trying to calm her.

Darcy with an oxygen mask and with flight attendant Renaud Spencer.

"I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time, she didn't want the mask", she wrote.

It was certainly a much happier outcome than an incident involving another French bulldog, a puppy, that died in March in a United passenger cabin after a flight attendant mistakenly told its owner to place the carrier in an overhead bin. The letter was shared on Facebook by a crew member of another airlines and images of Darcy in her oxygen mask have spread across social media.

One of the dog-saving crew members, Renaud Fenster, told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday that in his 15 years of working for an airline he has "never seen anything like this".

The owners snapped a photo of Renaud posing, smiling, with Darcy before getting off the flight. "I brought the dog some ice, and that didn't do anything".

JetBlue released a statement to ABC News about the incident, which could have been unsafe had flight crew not reacted.

JetBlue said in a statement: "We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable fight, including those with four legs".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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