In the first instance, boarding an aircraft is an exciting event, but you definitely don’t expect to see a large fluffy puppy take over your trip and cause a ‘delay’ owing to lavish amounts of love and attention from the crew.
Ritchie, a Great Pyrenees, is frequently seen on his Instagram account being adorably large and getting involved in all sorts of worldly adventures with his owner, including accompanying her on skiing trips and enjoying sunny holiday vacations, prompting many observant fans to wonder, “How do you get him on the plane?”
However, in a recent video posted to the platform, the gigantic fluffball can be seen making his way a flight, much to the crew’s delight onboard, answering that very question.
While you might expect a big dog to be denied boarding, the dog becomes something of a celebrity on the trip, with even the pilot indulging the dog with cuddles and even giving his new ‘co-pilot’ his own hat to wear.
“The day my dog delayed a flight,” the caption reads, although it appears that no one is bothered by the appearance of this VIP (Very Important Pup!)
In fact, the crew onboard can be seen capturing photos of the fluffy guest on their phones before he squeezes past the other passengers and down the aisle to find his assigned position.
The dog’s presence on the plane was clearly appreciated by the millions of Instagram users who liked it.
“I’m quite fine with this kind of delay,” @jankitty2017 wrote. “He is welcome to sit next to me at any moment. I love how he was treated specially by the crew!! “Milo the Underdog remarked.
“We have the nicest days when we have pets as passengers!” Especially when passengers allow us to photograph them! “, according to another Instagram user.
Ritchie, it turns out, has a little secret to getting on aircraft that not every pup has: he’s a service dog, which explains why he can access all areas!