HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A magician from Minnesota is suing AirTran Airways after the airline wouldn’t let him bring his show dove on a flight.

Bernard Poston of Apple Valley says he had to leave Magic the dove behind with an airport employee in Las Vegas last month after he wasn’t allowed to board a flight home with the bird tucked in his pocket.

AirTran, based in Orlando, Fla., says the bird must be in a carrier and placed under a passenger seat in order to be transported. Airline spokeswoman Brandy King tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that having a loose pet on a flight is not an option, especially a bird.

Poston is seeking more than $50,000 in damages in his Dakota County District Court lawsuit.

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Comments (9)
  1. Come on --- says:

    I pray they can counter-sue this imbecile for legal costs and such. He knew the rules – what a state load of lawsuit happy bozos we have become.

  2. Deep Thinker says:

    If he was really a magician why didn’t he make the bird invisible….he sounds like a little baby

  3. TL the alligator says:

    i agree…..countersue this fool till the cows come home…..hope he gets no more gigs….and what about the bird?, i’m quite sure the bird would prefer a suitable cage rather than be bound and kept in a pocket. i submit that he be bound and kept in a burlap bag for 4 or 5 hours.

  4. BKinMN says:

    I’m with Deep Thinker on this one. Maybe he was going to do a in-flight show, in hopes of getting more gigs. The bird was probably under the top hat he wore on the plane, and had a sleeve full of fake flowers….or a wand that turned into silk scarves, to woo the flight attendants. What a tool.

  5. Billoween says:

    And I thought that the birds just magically appeared. I an now disillusioned and traumatized, who can I sue?

  6. Carnac says:

    Not much of a magician if he couldn’t hide a dove on an airplane. I’m going to sue him for the price of a show ticket.

  7. jan says:

    In 1955 I left Cuba and was told I could not take my parakeet with me. I was heartbroken so I took matters iinto my own hands, I had a tiny cage made, put the cage with my bird in my purse and every time the bird peeped, I faked a coughing spell to cover up the peeping noise. My little bird lived for many years after her long flight. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

    1. me says:

      I vote you should be given the bird since you seem to take better care of them.
      You providced a cage for it so it wouldn’t get loose or squished. This person thought putting it in his pocket was a good idea.

  8. g8bbgg says:

    Contact the ASPCA on the jerk. Shoving the bird in his pocket, if that is not cruel what is? Suffocation, internal injuries from being crushed what a way to kill your pet.

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