Claim: Airline pilot takes seeing eye dog for a walk, causing much consternation amongst the waiting passengers.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
Seeing Eye Dog (true story)
I was flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles. By the time we took off, there had been a
Picture this . . .
All the people in the gate area came to a completely quiet standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with the Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, they also were trying to change airlines!
are awfully picky, aren’t they? I mean, a blind pilot manages to get them from San Francisco to
Sacramento all on his own, but they aren’t even willing to give him a chance to finish the trip to Los
Angeles. Geez. (Why a flight from
In the mid-1990s, this tale was told about George Shearing, the blind jazz pianist (who pretended to be the pilot during a stopover in
In November 2003, someone sent the “pilot’s dog” story to Dear Abby, presenting it as something a friend had witnessed on a flight from Seattle to
For someone with a fear of flying, that may have been the last straw. However, with airline technology advancing at the rate it has in recent years, what they surmised may one day be reality.
Last updated: 29 March 2007