Flight Attendant Accused of Hiding Rats in Her Underwear Shows How Crazy Pet Owners Can Be


ratAs amazing and wonderful as pets can be, you have to admit their owners can be a little bit crazy sometimes. Take American Airlines flight attendant Louann Giambattista, who has been accused of hiding her pet rats in underwear and pantyhose in order to take them to work with her -- aboard airplanes.

According to the New York Post, it was her co-workers who ratted her out.  A pilot says he saw "a bulge in (her) pocket" and "what he thought was a live pet." Another flight attendant says she thought she saw Giambattista, 55, feeding her pet rats during a flight from St. Martin to Miami.

The veteran flight attendant denies the allegations, calling them "absurd" and "patently false" and is suing the airline for "debilitating anxiety" and post-traumatic stress disorder. She says none of it is true, and her attorney claims that they're "making her out to be a nut."

Whether this case is true or false is up for the courts to decide at point, but the fact is there are plenty of other pet nuts out there that don't make this case that difficult to believe.

While my household only has a single beta fish at the current time, I understand the devotion people have to their pets. They're like part of the family, and they add so much to people's lives. They are NOT, however, people. And when people treat them as such, it's freaky.

From the people who push their dogs around in strollers and just look ridiculous, to those who insist on bringing them everywhere with them, dress like humans, and feed them from the table at dinner parties (Ahem, Lisa Vanderpump) there's a line that shouldn't be crossed. Bringing your rats to work definitely crosses it.

A study by Kelton Research a few years back found some freaky facts about pet owners, such as:

  • 58% call themselves their pets' "mommy" or "daddy."
  • •77% buy pets birthday gifts.
  • •More than half say they talk about pets more than politics or sex.

I suppose it's people's prerogative if they want to treat pets like this, but it doesn't make them any less scary to the rest of us. Of course, maybe that's just because I can't think of anything to buy my fish.

What crazy things have you seen pet owners do? Or what crazy things do you do as a pet owner?


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Emmie25 Emmie25

My brother and his wife used to celebrate their 5 dogs birthdays and include their names on their Christmas card pictures. I was embarrassed for them. Once they had kids the dogs stayed a tiny kennel. I don't know which is more messed up.

Simon... SimonzKedge

To me those things seem a Lot less crazy than being obsessed with what reality stars are saying, doing, wearing. I mean really, who gives a hoot?

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Didn't the rat fight with her panty hamster?

since... sincerelyjessxo

Maybe she should watch quarantine 2 lol. I don't see anything wrong with talking about a pet more than politics. It can be awkward if two people don't have the same political views. Also I worked in a dog daycare for several years on and off. A lot of people claim to be their dog's "mom" or "dad" because they care about their pet and don't want to say so-and-so's owner.

nonmember avatar Evarieamiva

A day after police said they would not seek criminal charges against Tiger Woods in connection with last week's car accident, Woods posted a "profound apology" on his Web site while facing another round of allegations in tabloid publications.

hello... hellokd87

People who treat their pets like family & truly care about them are nutty yet animal abusers are purely evil?? I am someone who calls herself my three chihuahuas "Mommy" & i do get them birthday presents, so what? That doesn't make me a loon. Watch Taboo, THOSE people have serious issues. Not animal lovers.

Felip... FelipesMom

Smuggling a pet rat into work with you is a far cry from including pets on Christmas cards, talking about your pets more than other topics, or buying your pets birthday presents. I don't find those things nutty or freaky -- or comparable to the flight attendant's alleged actions -- AT ALL!

Smuggling a rat onto a plane is crazy and extreme. Everything else on your list or in the comments is sweet, even if it isn't something everyone does. Give me a break.

Trina_ Trina_

Okay, i'm sorry but a rat isn't a pet. It might mean alot to someone but its a little different to have an obsession over a dog, cat or even a hampster but rats are gross.

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