Pigs Can't Fly, After All


Jun 10, 2002
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Northwest Won't Allow Pig in Cabin

Story Filed: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 11:34 AM EDT

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) -- Pigs can't fly, after all -- at least not in the passenger cabin.

Northwest Airlines is backing away from an earlier decision to grant a Vietnamese potbellied pig flying rights equal to those of small dogs and cats.

Northwest now says the pig named Pork Chop must ride with luggage and other animals in stowage below the passenger cabin -- even if she is a star.

Pork Chop is part of a Michigan woman's ventriloquism act. Alicia Dacoba and her pig are scheduled to tape an appearance on the Fox series ``30 Seconds to Fame'' next month.

Dacoba says the pig has never caused any problems during flights in the passenger cabin. She rides in a special container designed to fit under airline seats.

An airline spokeswoman says the airline is merely enforcing a rule it had previously bent to accommodate Pork Chop.

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