National City woman forced to give up pet fish prior to Southwest flight

(KGTV) — A National City woman is heartbroken after she was forced to leave her beloved fish at Denver International Airport.

It was supposed to be a happy homecoming for Lanice Powless and her best friend.

“I’ve taken him everywhere with me,” she said.

But Wednesday, the University of Colorado sophomore left Denver without “Cassie,” her pink, male beta fish.

“This lady was just not having it,” Powless said. “So the supervisor comes and she said ‘Unfortunately, you cannot bring fish onto Southwest Airlines,'” Powless said.