Amused airline customers have been in force to film miniature horses at airports and on airplanes, two weeks after the US Department of Transportation ruled that the animals may travel on domestic flights.
On Thursday, a Twitter user named Ewan Nowak posted a video on Twitter showing one of the creatures aboard a packed American Airlines plane.
Nowak, who shared the clip with Storyful, says he saw the miniature horse when he boarded the plane traveling from Chicago to Omaha shortly after boarding.
The images show the four-legged creature crammed into the packed plane with its owner.
& # 39; At the moment we want to start boarding active soldiers, families traveling with children under 3 years of age and horses, & # 39; Nowak wrote humorously.
On Thursday, a Twitter user named Ewan Nowak posted a video on Twitter showing a miniature horse aboard a crowded American Airlines plane
After arriving in Omaha, another traveler took video footage of the same woman walking the airport with her animal.
& # 39; What a time to live. GTHO (get rid of it) with this. Where does this pony fit in the plane? She gets her own line because someone is in hers, it gets tight !!! & # 39; The airline customer wrote under the clip.
While passengers are still amazed by the sights of miniature horses trotting aboard aircraft, they will be much more common given the new federal government guidelines.
The rules, published on August 15, allow passengers to board the creatures on US planes as long as they are designated as assistance animals.
After arriving in Omaha, another traveler took video footage of the same woman walking the airport with her animal
In a statement told the US Department of Transportation CBS 62: & # 39; With regard to animal species, we indicated that we would focus our enforcement efforts on ensuring that the most commonly used assistance animals (dogs, cats, and miniature horses) are accepted for transportation & # 39 ;.
Airlines can now get fines if they prohibit the horses from traveling with their owners.
However, airlines will still be able to consider whether other assistance animals – with the exception of dogs and cats – are suitable for traveling on a case-by-case basis.
From 15 August miniature horses may travel on domestic flights under new guidelines provided that the federal government
BIZARRE PETS PASSENGERS HAVE TRIED TO FLY
– Emotional support pig
In 2014, a woman was started from one of Connecticut to the state of Washington because her large pet pig & # 39; disruptive & # 39; used to be. A fellow passenger told CNN that the pig weighed between 70 and 80 pounds and dropped things into the aisle and squeaked
– Emotional support squirrel
A female traveler was abandoned after Frontier Airlines prohibited her pet squirrel, Daisy, from accompanying her on a flight from Orlando to Cleveland. The passenger appeared on countless TV programs & # 39; s that destroyed the company and claimed that she had a letter from her doctor stating that the squirrel was helping with her anxiety disorder
– Hamster emotional support
Last year a woman admitted she was flushing her emotional support hamster through an airport toilet after Spirit Airlines stopped her to take the rodent on the plane
Last year, Southwest became the first airline to allow miniature horses to travel with passengers if they were designated as assistance animals.
At the time, Southwest said that the creatures must be & # 39; trained to behave in a public environment and must be under the control of the handler at all times & # 39 ;.
The American Disabilities Act distinguishes between service animals and emotional service animals – often used to help calm the nerves of anxious travelers.
In contrast to emotional support animals, assistance animals must receive special training to help their disabled owners with specific tasks.
The ADA Training Association website declares: & # 39; Although some states have laws defining therapy animals, these animals are not limited to working with people with disabilities and are therefore not covered by federal laws protecting the use of service animals & # 39 ;.
In 2016, a turkey was given a seat on a United flight because it was classified as a service animal for the disabled owner.
However, in recent years, airlines have often blocked passengers from traveling with pets that & # 39; emotional assistance animals & # 39; are called.
In 2016, a turkey was given a seat on a United flight because it was classified as a service animal for the disabled owner
In January last year, United Airlines famously stopped a female passenger for her & # 39; emotional peacock & # 39; to board a flight
A woman and her big pig were started in 2014 from a flight from Connecticut to the state of Washington
In January last year, United Airlines famously stopped a female passenger for her & # 39; emotional peacock & # 39; on board a flight from Newark Liberty Airport.
The company claimed that the peacock – named Dexter – exceeded the weight and size limitations.
Elsewhere, squirrels and hamsters have also been booted from planes, while American Airlines last year banned insects, goats and hedgehogs from traveling with their owners.
However, other pilots have been more successful in bringing their support animals on board.
In 2015, a snap of a flight attendant rocking a kangaroo aboard an American aircraft went viral.
And during a 2016 flight from Charlotte to Asheville, North Carolina, commuters were stunned when a passenger brought his pet duck, Daniel, on the plane.
An emotional supportive kangaroo is depicted on a plane in 2015
Commuters were stunned when a passenger brought his pet duck, Daniel, on a plane in 2016
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