‘Emotional support pig’ can’t fly US Airways, kicked off with owner
The woman brought the animal onto a US Airways flight on
Wednesday, apparently having had no trouble taking it through
A professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jonathan Skolnik, who was also a passenger on the flight, told ABC News of his shock after initially thinking the large animal was a duffel bag.
“But it turns out it wasn't a duffel bag. We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash,” he said. “She tethered it to the arm rest next to me and started to deal with her stuff, but the pig was walking back and forth.”
— Lou Ann Di Nallo (@ladinallo) November 30, 2014
“I was terrified, because I was thinking I'm gonna be on the
plane with the pig," Snolnik added, saying he guessed the
pig weighed between 50 and 70 pounds.
The woman and the animal were forced to disembark - with pictures circulating on social media showing the woman managed to carry the animal off on her left shoulder.
I want an emotional support pig.
— Dr. Hugo Hackenbush (@MangyLover) November 28, 2014
This is not the first time that people have attempted to push
boundaries with emotional support animals.
In October, The New Yorker’s Patricia Marx attempted to claim a series of “emotional support animals” in unusual situations, starting small with a turtle, and subsequently claiming an “emotional support turkey,” an “emotional support alpaca,” and then, as in the recent case in Connecticut, a pig.
@O_TheRed beggars belief doesn't it? How on earth did no one see she had a pig with her? Hogging all the space too
— jo sandelson (@josandelson) November 28, 2014
“How is that even allowed?” Marx heard a peeved woman behind her question. Apparently the condition was as long as the pig sat on Marx’s lap.
Emotional support animals are designed to provide a degree of therapeutic benefit to their owners, engendering feelings of security and calm. They can within reason be any animal, and owners must have a verifiable ailment according to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which encompasses a wide range of accepted phobias, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.
— John Petruna ® (@jgpetruna) November 28, 2014
Psychiatric service dogs have a legal categorization of their own and are specifically trained to cope with the demands of people suffering with psychiatric ailments such as PTSD.