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Rescue Dogs Helping with Turkey’s Earthquake Recovery Got to Fly in Business Class

Hopefully Turkish Airlines also gave these hero dogs plenty of treats.

Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines

Typically larger dogs travelling on an aeroplane are required to fly in the plane’s cargo hold, but some dogs travelling on Turkish Airlines recently received some serious VIP treatment with very good reason.

Turkish Airlines has been treating rescue dogs assisting with earthquake recovery efforts in Turkey upgrades to cabin (and in some cases, business-class) seating for their flights back to their home countries, the airline confirmed to Thrillist.

Late last month, Twitter users first began spotting rescue dogs flying in the cabin and were crediting Turkish Airlines for their treatment of the VIP pups, which are trained to rescue people from disaster areas.

In a statement provided to Thrillist, the airline said this treatment was “the least we could to do show our appreciation for these heroic dogs’ sincere and heroic efforts.”

Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines
Courtesy of Turkish Airlines

“As we have been experiencing an extraordinary period within our evacuation operations due to earthquakes centred in our eastern regions and affected all our country and nation, we fly our heroes, the rescue teams along with their dogs, which are let to sit in cabin (in business class as well) for this period,” the airline said.

Last month, areas of both Turkey and Syria were devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, a natural disaster that has claimed more than 50,000 lives and prompted a three-month state of national emergency. Turkish Airlines, the national airline of Turkey, has been assisting with aid efforts and, as of a February 20 news release, it had transported 238,112 search and rescue personnel on aid flights, in addition to evacuating 230,980 impacted individuals, and carrying more than 15,000 tons of aid material to impacted areas.

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Joe Erbentraut is the Editorial Director of News at Thrillist. Follow Joe on Twitter.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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