Small Turtle Causes Aircraft to Return to Gate

At first, upon reading Tiny turtle causes taxiing plane to return to gate, one might initially believe and surmise that the turtle was on the runway, and that the aircraft was forced to return to the gate for the safety of the turtle — but that would be a wrong assumption.

Rather, an AirTran employee allegedly ordered a 10-year-old girl to surrender her two-inch-long caged pet red ear slider turtle. The girl disposed of the animal into a trash bin while in its cage.

The girl and her two sisters cried as a result. They were reunited with their beloved pet back home in the Milwaukee area, but not before an AirTran employee allegedly retrieved the turtle and its cage and gave it to a fellow employee to give to her five-year-old son…

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