This year, airports and airlines worked tirelessly to get passengers home amid snowy, sabotaging Thanksgiving weather, but one little gal was left stranded for reasons beyond the forces of nature -- she was barred from flying for being herself, a pet opossum.
California man Gerald Tautenhahn didn't mean to stir up trouble when he brought his pet opossum, named Zatara, on a trip home for Thanksgiving. In fact, he'd already flown with her from California to Texas earlier that week after doing the necessary preparations to ensure their travel success.
"We did all of our homework about a month in advance," Tautenhahn told FOX 7 Austin. "I called the Department of Transportation, cleared it with them. Cleared it with JetBlue, they said it was fine."
But it was not fine, said the tone of voice of the flight crew member who pulled him aside on the plane to offer an ultimatum that is the stuff of marsupial owners' nightmares.
"They said hey, either you can leave her here or you can stay with her, but she can't fly," Tautenhahn he said. per the report.
Tautenhahn said that he was "frustrated beyond belief" that he'd been able to take her to Texas, only to bar her reentry into her home state. He took to Instagram to air his grievances and suppose Zatara's equally devastated reaction.