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Dog mauls Delta passenger

A Delta Air Lines passenger was left bloody and badly injured after being attacked by an emotional support dog aboard a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. A Delta spokesperson told Fox 5 Atlanta that the victim was removed from the flight so that he could receive medical attention. It happened before pushback on DAL 1430, ATL-SAN ( More...

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nszonker 4
There are well defined standards and training requirements for service animals, especially in regard to the animal's behavior in public, noisy, or unfamiliar settings. Unfortunately there are no similar requirements for ESA's. If they are to receive special consideration, there should be the same type of standards and training.
Janice Landry 2
I'm not at all comfortable with loose animals on a plane. They should be crated and if that crate doesn't fit under the seat then in the hold they go. If someone is so stressed they can't be without the animal for a short period of time, they shouldn't be flying. They are just creating risk of emotional breakdown for themselves not to mention creating undue stress and anxiety for people who are allergic or afraid of animals.
So, a blind person with a guide dog should have their eyes put down in the baggage area so you should feel comfortable.

Sense of entitlement much??

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Daniel Stein 1
It would appear to be a minor problem, but lots of folks are not above getting a doctor's note for all sorts of fake ailments that give them a break from work or legal requirements. Faking ESA? How would anyone know? This isn't a science. I'll tell you what, though: If I have to sit beside someone with a 50 pound dog on their lap, there may be very little I can do about it except to spend as little time in my seat as possible during the flight. I don't dislike dogs; but there are certain sorts of pet owners, and I mainly don't like being around them.
Yes, there are penalties for faking ESAs. All of that is documented in the Air Carrier Access Act, which the airlines are supposed to enforce.

The bigger questions to ask here are:

Did the Airlines ask for documentation that the animal is an ESA? The Airlines have that right reserved to them.

Did the Airlines ask for that paperwork indicating that the passenger needed the animal with them? The Airlines have that right.

Did the passenger have the documentation needed for them, IN WRITING? The doctor is supposed to provide that in writing, and it is supposed to be available for submission to the airline when and if the airline requests it.

Not only did the passenger with the ESA screw up, but the airline failed the victim as well. If I were a lawyer, the Airline would be receiving a nastygram from me regarding their failure to enforce the ACAA.
Jeff Phipps 1
We had a Newfoundland dog that was trained for water rescue and then as a therapy dog to visit nursing homes and eventually hospitals. He had to undergo rigorous testing before becoming titled. During this he was subject loud banging sounds, being pushed and poked, even dropping edible things around him (to make sure he wouldn't eat a pill that was on the floor). If the dog was even remotely spooked, aggressive or uncontrollable - it failed. I think if you have an ESA that is not certified as a therapy dog, at the very least, put a muzzle on it for everyone's safety.
Daniel Stein 1
What I suspect from the upshot of this article is that this passenger was not bringing a certified 'therapy dog' on board an airliner, and that's why I suspect this passenger was just dealing with FoF in a creative way or trying to save the surcharge for traveling with the animal. I have every sympathy for persons suffering from PTSD or childhood abuse or the like, but these days, infantile narcissism is far more common than PTSD. I'd tell them, "remember, you are a unique individual, just like everyone else". When somebody has a legitimate requirement for an ESA, then they'll know what they need to do to carry the animal with them, and if they don't, as others have pointed out, what are they doing riding around in a big aluminum tube packed in like a special sardine in a can of normal sardines?

The article itself quotes airline personnel as noting that trying to game the system is becoming increasingly common.
lisa druet 0
Been on many flights where people have these emotional support dogs. sorry, what a pile of crap. one time it was a little mangy stinky thing on a stinky pillow. I was afraid of getting some kind of bugs...another time a big black lab that reeked so bad I was almost sick. People are very selfish and I think this needs to be looked at. It is such a society of everyone getting what they need except for us mainstream "regular" types...we all have to sit back and keep quiet and have things like this stuffed down our throats and we don't dare say a there today I said it.
Daniel Stein -5
"Emotional support animal"?

This must be for people who somehow don't manage to find emotional support from other people. There's probably a reason for that.
Jeff Phipps 3
There are actually many reasons for that. Some of these reasons could be that they just came back from a tour of duty where they saw people blowing other people to bits. Or you could have been sexual molested for years by the people who trusted the most to keep you from harm's way. Clearly, you don't know about PTSD or other mental disorders. Perhaps you should do some research.


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