Over the past few months, people have been bringing increasingly crazy “emotional support” animals on airplanes, prompting airlines to modify their rules on what emotional support animals can travel with passengers. This week, a woman was thrown off a Frontier Airlines flight from Orlando, Florida to Cleveland, Ohio after she brought an emotional support squirrel onboard.
The woman had told the airline before boarding that she had an emotional support animal with her, but they had no idea that it was a squirrel. They asked her to get off the plane, citing their policy against rodents.
“Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights,” the airline said in a statement. “The passenger was advised of the policy and asked to deplane. When she refused to deplane Orlando Police were called and requested that everyone be deplaned so they could deal with the passenger. Police eventually escorted the passenger off the aircraft and took her to the main terminal.”
The flight was delayed two hours because of this incident, infuriating the woman’s fellow passengers who questioned how she got the squirrel through security in the first place.
The woman’s family is standing by their mom over the incident, with her daughter saying, that they are “upset and angry the way it had to happen.”
“We’re going to call the ADA (American with Disabilities Act) and talk to them and see what they have to say about it,” she said. “We got to fight for your rights. You can’t let people take your rights away.”
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