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A pig on a USAirways flight, as taken by passenger Rob Phelps
As if flying over the Thanksgiving holiday wasn’t chaotic enough, a USAirways flight in Connecticut had an issue with a unique passenger: a pet pig that had been carried aboard.
While pigs actually are allowed to be brought on planes as emotional support animals, airlines can determine whether or not their presence creates a nuisance or hazard for other passengers, which is what happened in this case.
Passenger Jonathan Skolnik told ABC News:
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.”
“I was terrified, because I was thinking I’m gonna be on the plane with the pig,” Skolnik added, saying he guesses the pig weighed between 50 and 70 pounds.
The woman and her pig were escorted off the flight before it departed. It does bring up the question of how she managed to get it that far through the airport. It’s not as if this was a tiny animal that could easily be carried in a bag. At some point it must have had to go through security. That said, having seen some of the massive bags people have crammed into x-ray machines, the TSA doesn’t tend to enforce airline policies.
I’m going to start bringing pigs on to planes as emotional support animals, but in the form of bacon. The emotional support of bacon makes me much happier, and nobody’s going to complain about it wandering around in the aisle.