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Paul Gonzalez
• Thursday, 22 October, 2020
• 9 min read

It’s not unusual to see dogs and cats onboard planes as emotional support animals in the US. But on one flight, a passenger brought a miniature horse onboard.

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The service animal, called Flirty, was spotted onboard an American Airlines flight from Chicago, Illinois, to Omaha, Nebraska. The docile pony was captured on video by several passengers standing in the foot well.

There has been ongoing recent conversation around which support animals are allowed onboard US flights following a number of controversies. An American Airlines spokesperson told The Independent : “This miniature horse was a trained service animal, which American Airlines accepts onboard following evaluation on a case-by-case basis.

“We recognize the important role trained service dogs, cats and miniature horses can play in lives of those with disabilities, and they are welcome in the cabin, at no charge, if they meet the requirements.” In the past, passengers have tried to board flights with animals such as squirrels, peacocks and a turkey.

Want to bookmark your favorite articles and stories to read or reference later? Miniature horses are among the types of service animals the US Department of Transportation has approved for planes in its latest ruling on the matter.

Travelers have tried to bring in all kinds of animals onto flights in recent years, from peacocks to pet pigs. In July, a flight attendant needed stitches after being bitten by an emotional support dog.

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This doesn’t mean that all airlines are now obligated to board therapy miniature horses by law, but if they decide to ignore the new guideline, they could face a penalty. Airlines will not be subject to punishment for denying access to service animals like snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders, according to the DOT.

In case you missed it, Alaska Airlines announced last week that passengers could now bring trained miniature horses onto flights. Mini horses can live up to 30 years and can be a good alternative for those in need of a service animal, but might be allergic to cats or dogs.

Alaska Airlines defines trained service animals as animals who “receive training to assist a qualified individual with a disability who: is blind or has low vision, is deaf or hard of hearing, has diabetes, seizures, mobility limitations or other needs (e.g. PTSD).” The airline will also allow service animals who are trained to assist individuals psychiatrically. The airline’s Director of Customer Advocacy, Ray Prentice, told The New York Times that he believes the only place for the animals to fly comfortably would be in the cabin’s bulkhead.

In its press release, the airline was very firm in its stance that emotional support animals are still only limited to a cat or dog. The airline also announced that flyers can only bring ONE emotional support animal with them per flight.

In 2016, however, a Delta Air Lines flyer was able to board their flight after successfully providing documentation for an emotional support turkey, who was rolled through the airport in a wheelchair. Starting on September 17, 2018, Southwest Airlines will only allow three types of species into their cabins: dogs, cats, and miniature horses.

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As long as they are a fully-trained psychiatric service animal, the tiny equines will be one of only three species allowed on board after the kicks in next month. However, unusual or exotic animals, including rodents, ferrets, insects, spiders, reptiles, hedgehogs, rabbits, or sugar gliders, are no longer welcome on Southwest planes.

Southwest isn’t the only airline that allows miniature horses on their planes. :/ Travelers who want to be comforted by a pet peacock or hamster while in the air will have to leave their emotional support animals at home or check them into the cargo hold.

The government has decided that when it comes to air travel, only dogs can be service animals, and companions used for emotional support don't count. The Transportation Department issued a final rule Wednesday that aims to settle years of tension between airlines and passengers who bring their pets on board for free by saying they need them for emotional support. Under the final rule, which takes effect in 30 days, a service animal is a dog trained to help a person with a disability.

Guess the government doesn't give a damn about us who are allergic to furry animals like dogs and cats. My emotional support Taegu is way more chill than most people's pets they take on planes. Guess I need to get a cosplay creator to make her a fur suit in case we have to travel.

Guess the government doesn't give a damn about us who are allergic to furry animals like dogs and cats. Actually seems to say that emotional support animals aren't a thing, and only a trained service dog is allowed.

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Guess the government doesn't give a damn about us who are allergic to furry animals like dogs and cats. My emotional support Taegu is way more chill than most people's pets they take on planes. Guess I need to get a cosplay creator to make her a fur suit in case we have to travel.

Nothing I say is legal advice add add. The problem you're describing is because Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act specifically enshrines service animals (dogs and miniature horses, specifically) in the plainest, strongest language possible in a federal statute. In essence, the need for a service animal (dog, miniature horse) is so strongly protected in federal law that it can wind up taking precedence over other persons with disabilities that conflict directly with the disabled person who needs the service animal.

If I'm going to be sitting in an aluminum tube suspended tens of thousands of feet in the air, the only animal I want out and about is something remarkably well-trained and tempered. I'm so tired of assholes taking their aggressive ass dog for a walk to snap at everyone at Magic Kingdom.

Lol I laughed It at least puts an end to the loophole of poultry birds etc., but I wonder how things will be for allergies? I think most airlines will make a reasonable accommodation (for instance, maybe putting you in the back of the plane or some place where the disabled person's dog won't likely bother you), but that planes are naturally an environment where you're going to be exposed to some shit ... being stuffed into a metal tube for 4 hours.

Also people have allergies to all sorts of things, like dust, skin flakes, minute insect skin, and weird things, but attribute it to the giant dog they walked past or saw once. But like usual people will get an inch and try to extend it into a mile... Just like emotional support peacocks, some people go out of their way to be inconvenienced by something that they should just learn to accept as part of a just society. As someone who managed safety programs for grocery stores, they really do ruin it for people who need it.

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As someone who managed safety programs for grocery stores, they really do ruin it for people who need it. I remember when working retail, people would be scared to ask because something like “you aren't supposed to ask them for papers” and just assume and accept they are fine... even if they start growling and barking at others (or piss on the floor...) I remember seeing something with those awful fake “service animal” jackets in an airport terminal once.

It was barking at people and then pissed on a sign, while the owner just let it happen because they are awful. Just makes me mad with how this must be for people that legibly NEED a trained service dog for their disabilities...

Nothing I say is legal advice add add. The problem you're describing is because Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act specifically enshrines service animals (dogs and miniature horses, specifically) in the plainest, strongest language possible in a federal statute. In essence, the need for a service animal (dog, miniature horse) is so strongly protected in federal law that it can wind up taking precedence over other persons with disabilities that conflict directly with the disabled person who needs the service animal.

Maybe one day robotics or genetic engineering will make things easier for people who need help. I missed the part where this basically takes all emotional support animals out of the equation, my bad. Guess that means more people having to get anxiety meds with possible side effects when they have to fly somewhere.

I wish airlines could have a better area for animals to fly that's safer than the cargo hold, but it's not cost effective when they want to squeeze us all in like human cattle. A trained dog that is used for emotional support for someone with a medical diagnosis of a mental disability (PTSD, severe depression etc) would be allowed I think.

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It can get dangerous for other people flying, if you have to sit with some untrained dog that the owner requires, but if it bites another person, then that's sort of a problem. The June 2017 attack was followed by a series of changes to airline policies for emotional support and service animals.

I would like to support people with anxiety issues to be able to have an animal with them to calm them, but when stuff like this happens with untrained dogs, it's a different story... We joke about snakes, but I did actually take a couple of brown angles back with me from visiting my grandparents in Florida many years ago. Thankfully, the tiny lizards stayed safe and sound in my backpack, and no one cared one bit since it was PRE 9/11.

Guess the government doesn't give a damn about us who are allergic to furry animals like dogs and cats. My emotional support Taegu is way more chill than most people's pets they take on planes. Guess I need to get a cosplay creator to make her a fur suit in case we have to travel.

Part of the problem is that the standard for an emotional support animal is hilariously low. There were a few investigative reports done a few years back, the craziest was from the New Yorker, where journalists found they were able to easily go online and pay for a doctor's note giving them one.

The notes are relatively cheap, beyond easy to get (they require a 2-minute conversation with a “doctor” you've never met), and the system is easily abused. You could buy fake licenses and tags if you'd like and most places wouldn't look at your sideways due to fear of being sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Maybe they can rewrite the regulations in a way that doesn't encourage people to lie to save a quick buck. Maybe one day robotics or genetic engineering will make things easier for people who need help. I missed the part where this basically takes all emotional support animals out of the equation, my bad.

Guess that means more people having to get anxiety meds with possible side effects when they have to fly somewhere. I wish airlines could have a better area for animals to fly that's safer than the cargo hold, but it's not cost effective when they want to squeeze us all in like human cattle.

Part of the problem is that the standard for an emotional support animal is hilariously low. There were a few investigative reports done a few years back, the craziest was from the New Yorker, where journalists found they were able to easily go online and pay for a doctor's note giving them one.

The notes are relatively cheap, beyond easy to get (they require a 2-minute conversation with a “doctor” you've never met), and the system is easily abused. You could buy fake licenses and tags if you'd like and most places wouldn't look at your sideways due to fear of being sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

People were using fake ESA letters to get their pets in no pet housing, into restaurants, and onto planes. Unfortunately a lot of selfish assholes ruined this for a lot of people who did legitimately need Emotional Support Animals. Agreed, we need way better laws around support for mental health and proper classification of such things.

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I know people abused that system out here just because they didn't want to pay the $50 extra to fly with their pet. Which is stupid as hell. Though the airlines' refusal to allow for safe transport of pets that aren't dogs or cats has meant that I have now driven across the entire US by car twice, because I refuse to put my beloved pets in a FedEx box and hope they don't end up dead on the other side.

Maybe they can rewrite the regulations in a way that doesn't encourage people to lie to save a quick buck. Ruined it for the small number of people who legitimately needed their emotional support animal.

We joke about snakes, but I did actually take a couple of brown angles back with me from visiting my grandparents in Florida many years ago. Thankfully, the tiny lizards stayed safe and sound in my backpack, and no one cared one bit since it was PRE 9/11. A lot of dumb takes and ignorant dunks in this thread. I'm surprised cats didn't make the list.

Some have used examples from work experience/news clippings. As for cats, a good number of them don't exactly fly well. Most can't do car rides either, so it's not exactly fair on the animals, either to drag them along if unnecessary/something they aren't good with.

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