Lost Stuffed Tiger Goes On Excellent Airport Adventure
We could have written today about the nut job who went crackers when flight attendants wouldn't give him more nuts and crackers while the seat belt light was on. His actions resulted in a plane full of pax sleeping on the floor overnight at BFS.
Or we could
have reported on the passenger who ended up being strapped to his seat by
fellow flyers after he allegedly assaulted a flight attendant for telling him
not to smoke.
plenty of strange and terrible stories in the travel business – more than
enough to fill this Deviation column each day. But sometimes you just want a
good news story, one that restores rather than degrades faith in humanity.
a 6 yr. old boy recently left his beloved stuffed tiger toy - Hobbes of Calvin &
Hobbes fame - at TPA, operations manager Tony D'Auito had a better idea than
just leaving to languish in the lost and found department.
whisked Hobbes off on a grand tour of the airport, snapping photos as they
went. Hobbes' adventures included a visit to the air traffic control tower, a
meeting with firefighters, a stop for gelato and a snooze in a hammock by a
this took place while Owen, the handmade toy's owner, was on vacation with his
mother, Amanda Lake, had anxiously called the lost and found department to
report the loss of Hobbes. Staff members informed her once Hobbes had been
found near a play area, but she and her son remained oblivious to the fun the
tiger was having in their absence.
changed when the family landed back at TPA 11JUN. D'Auito had chronicled
Hobbes' airport wanderings into a hardbound photo book that was waiting for
Owen, along with the errant tiger.
was very, very sweet," Lake said in an airport news release. "We
already told him over and over that Hobbes was on an adventure, so it was nice
to get back and show him that Hobbes really had been on an adventure."
said he'd been waiting for a chance to do something like this. "I pitched
this idea a couple of months ago after I saw a similar idea where someone took
a stuffed lion around a museum," he said. "This seemed like the