Ten-year-old Carley Helm thought it was OK to bring her pet turtle, Neytiri, with her when she flew from visiting her dad in Atlanta to her home in Milwaukee. The turtle passed through airport security no problem, and they even made it on board the plane. Flight attendants told Carley to stow the turtle under the seat.
But then the flight attendants did an about-face (citing company policy) after the plane had already taxied. The plane returned to the gate, and Carley's sister, Rebecca Helm, insists that AirTran Airways staff told her to throw Neytiri away. AirTran spokesmen deny it.
"They told us to throw [Neytiri] away or get off [the flight]," Rebecca told "Today." So Rebecca threw the turtle -- tank and all -- in the trash at the airport.
Carley's dad, William Helm, came back to the airport but could not find the turtle. Turns out, another AirTran employee had fished the turtle out of the trash and given it to a coworker, who took it home as a pet for her son.
Carley was crushed -- and Carley's parents were steaming mad. PETA got involved, and suddenly a reunion was arranged. On Thursday, AirTran gave Neytiri the turtle a free ride in the cargo section back to Milwaukee to be reunited with Carley.
What do you think of AirTran's actions?