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Woman Removed From US Flight For Bringing ‘Emotional Support Squirrel’ On Board

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 11/10/2018 Sara C Nelson
a person sitting on a suitcase © AP

A woman who boarded a flight accompanied by her “emotional support squirrel” was removed by police.  

The woman was on a Frontier Airlines flight headed from Orlando, Florida to Cleveland on Tuesday night when she was told rodents were not allowed on board.

Frontier said the passenger had noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal with her on Flight 1612, but she did not indicate it was a squirrel.

The airline says police were called when the passenger refused to leave the plane.

Police asked the other passengers to disembark while officers dealt with the woman, who was eventually escorted into the main terminals.

The flight left for Cleveland about two hours later.

a group of people standing in a room: The woman - and the squirrel - were escorted off the plane by police © AP The woman - and the squirrel - were escorted off the plane by police

Emotional support animals provide comfort and support to people with mental health-related problems, including anxiety and depression. They have a special license which means they are allowed to travel on flights or live in places that don’t usually allow pets.

They are not currently available to people in the UK, though a petition has been submitted to the government.


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