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We’re Headed For a Showdown Over Emotional Support Animals

Over at Vox, Brian Resnick interviews Molly Crossman, an expert on emotional support animals. She confirms what an awful lot of people only mutter under their breath: Resnick: Overall, what are the strongest claims we can make about animals and mental distress? Crossman: Well, I’ll qualify it first by saying that most of the research […]

When Will We Learn? Dog Bites Child on Southwest Flight

As debate continues over emotional support animals onboard airplanes, we must ask ourselves this question: how can we ensure a dog doesn’t attack a child onboard a plane? That’s exactly what happened onboard a Southwest Airlines flight on Wednesday evening. Show More Summary

Emotional Support Dog on Southwest Flight Bites Girl

Southwest blamed the victim. by Katie Herzog Jodi Jacobson/Getty Images Emotional support animals strike again. Today's ESA drama comes compliments of a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Portland, where a girl was apparently bitten by another passenger's emotional support dog. Show More Summary

In Defense of Emotional Support Animals? Not Exactly

“The trouble started when pet owners realized that they could game the system, because airlines did not require much proof of medical need. By claiming one, people could bring an animal on board without putting it in a carry-on bag and...Show More Summary

“Poop and Run” by Fake Service Animal at Newark Airport

As airlines seek to crack down on the rampant exploitation of emotional support animals to skirt pet cargo fees, one passenger shows there are other ways to cheat the system. Flyertalk member UK Stages details what he observed at Newark Airport on a recent Sunday afternoon. Show More Summary

How To Fly With An Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

? You probably read recently about United Airlines barring a woman and her emotional support peacock from boarding a flight. Those reports made me wonder what it might take to book a flight with an emotional support animal – a koala bear in this case – in the video above you can see what happened. Show More Summary

Pebbles the ’emotional support’ hamster died too soon — but who is to blame?

last weekNews : The Raw Story

First it was Dexter the Peacock. Now it’s Pebbles the Hamster. And while Dexter was merely denied permission to board a United Airlines flight as his owner’s “emotional support” animal, Pebbles suffered a more grisly fate. Her owner, Belen Aldecosea, 21, flushed Pebbles down...

Another emotional support animal gets rejected — then flushed

Another emotional support animal is making headlines and causing grief for airlines. United Airlines turned away a woman last month who was trying to fly out of Newark Liberty International Airport with a peacock, which she claimed she brought to give her comfort and support during the flight....

Did Spirit Airlines Really Advise a Woman to Flush Her Emotional Support Hamster Down Toilet?

Now that emotional support animals are at the center of a public discussion balancing the comfort of passengers with the safety of others, more stories are emerging. But does the latest hamster story pass the smell test? Belen Aldecosea, a 21-year-old college student, discovered a potentially cancerous growth on her neck. Show More Summary

Forget Hamsters. How About True Emotional Support From an Airline?

2 weeks agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

Peacocks and hamsters; hamsters and peacocks. An endless proliferation of ridiculous stories seem to constantly flood the Internet — especially regarding so-called emotional support animals. How about a touching story for once, which...Show More Summary

Woman Claims Spirit Airlines Told Her To Flush Emotional Support Hamster Down Toilet

There has been a huge rise in the number of people traveling with emotional support animals, to the point that both Delta and United have added further restrictions on traveling with such animals. The new regulations don’t make it impossible to travel with an emotional support animal, though they do require more paperwork. Spirit Airlines…

Student Blames Airline After She Flushes Her Emotional Support Hamster Down Airport Toilet

In yet another incident involving the attempted transport of an emotional support animal on a commercial flight, a 21-year-old college student flushed Pebbles, her dwarf hamster, down an airport toilet after Spirit Airlines refused to...Show More Summary

Spirit Airlines Told Passenger To Flush Emotional Support Hamster Down Toilet

The airlines have been pushing back by making it tougher to fly with emotional support animals and I can’t say that I disagree with them. Years back I rarely recall ever seeming emotional support animals in the airport. These days, it seems like I see animals in the airport all the time. Show More Summary

Airline: FLUSH your Emotional Support Animal down the Toilet

We all know that emotional support animals are becoming a point of contention with airlines and passengers, but never have I seen an airline tell a passenger to KILL their animal to board a flight. Read the details here. The post Airline: FLUSH your Emotional Support Animal down the Toilet appeared first on No Mas Coach!.

Florida Woman Flushes Emotional Support Hamster Down Airport Toilet

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

She claims a Spirit Airlines employee suggested she do it. by Katie Herzog RIP Pebbles Getty Images Today in cute animal news, a college student from Miami claims a Spirit Airlines employee suggested that she flush her emotional support hamster down a toilet when she wasn't allowed to fly with it. Show More Summary

Student Says She Flushed Her Emotional Support Hamster Down A Toilet At The Advice Of Spirit Airlines

The rules and regulations regarding service animals on planes is something that many airlines are trying to tighten up, but this latest incident proves that things are rather confusing. A student went to catch a flight home to South Florida and she attempted to bring her emotional support pet hamster with her. Show More Summary

Woman Claims Airline Told Her To Flush Emotional Support Hamster Down Toilet

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

The college student says she flushed the hamster because Spirit Airlines wouldn't let the animal on board.

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