Passengers on a cross-country flight were left amazed when a man boarded with his massive Great Dane, capturing the event in a viral TikTok video. The owner, Gabriel Bogner, paid for three seats, including his own, to ensure his beloved dog, Darwin, had proper space during the flight from Los Angeles to New York City.
The video depicts Darwin entering the plane, even peeking into the cockpit, and showing curiosity toward fellow passengers.
Bogner, a start-up founder, stated that people were shocked and excited to see his service dog onboard, especially as it was Darwin’s first flight. He described the experience as smooth and praised the accommodating crew.
The TikTok video gained immense popularity, amassing over 17.9 million views and numerous comments from viewers wishing they were on such a flight. American Airlines notes that their team assesses whether animals are suitable for travel as service animals.
Great Danes are known for their gentle nature, confidence, and loyalty. They can take up substantial space due to their size but are often considered gentle giants. The Great Dane’s average lifespan is 8 to 10 years.
Travelers have options when flying with pets, including checking them as cargo or bringing them into the cabin as emotional support animals, though airlines’ policies on the latter have become stricter.