- Jul 13, 2006
This is so stupid.
Woman kicked of flight after taking her pig on-board for emotional support
Where is the common sense? And how did the pig get past security.
Emotional support animals — including pigs — are allowed on flights, under federal rules drafted in 2012.
Monkeys, cats and even miniature horses all qualify as “emotional support” animals.
It’s up to transportation officials to decide which animals are too disruptive to travel on an aeroplanes.
I guess it comes down to the level of training they have, just like a service dog, you have to expect that the animal is conditioned to the job it is performing, and in this case it simply wasn't. Crazy rules though... I'd like to see the flight where a miniature horse is well trained enough to be an emotional support pet!
Someone will correct me but I'm pretty sure emotional support animals in the USA don't require any specific training. They are there for... well... emotional support!
Plenty of complaints from fellow passengers where others appear to be taking a lap dog purely for cuddles.
The carrier of the ESA must have (in the states) a documented need for it. Although again there seem to be some doctors more willing than others to hand out such certificates.
Emotional support? How about people with allergies?
Pets do not belong in a cramped aircraft cabin. Take a valium or Xanax if you need emotional assistance getting through the flight.
I don't buy this whole emotional support argument. Perhaps I am too narrow minded.
Contrary to what many business managers think, having an emotional-support card merely means that one’s pet is registered in a database of animals whose owners have paid anywhere from seventy to two hundred dollars to one of several organizations, none of which are recognized by the government. (You could register a Beanie Baby, as long as you send a check.) Even with a card, it is against the law and a violation of the city’s health code to take an animal into a restaurant. Nor does an emotional-support card entitle you to bring your pet into a hotel, store, taxi, train, or park.