Pig on a Plane…not so much. Emotional Support Pig too unruly to fly.

Before the tryptophan could kick in, most Americans were already giving thanks that they were sitting down to turkey dinner and not on an airplane. With a pig.

Cough*better with bacon*cough.

Yeah. A select few Americans had been aboard a flight out of Hartford’s Bradley Aiport when a female passenger boarded with her pig.


The pig was her Emotional Support Animal.

The pig was also 70 pounds, running amok, squealing and pooping in the airplane aisle. There are so many things wrong with that sentence.

Facebook, Twitter and the late night comedians are ready with the requisite and well-deserved jokes.

Both passenger and pig were removed from their plane because the service pig was “unruly.” USA Today reported that:

A US Airways crew ordered a disruptive pig off a plane this week, The passenger and her pig left the flight after crew members decided the animal had to leave because of its disorderly behavior, Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for US Airways-parent American Airlines.

Wait. What?

Yes, support animals provide tremendous and well documented help to their owners. Support animals are the heroes of the animal kingdom. Adorbs, right?


Service animals are typically dogs.

Sometimes cats.

The occasional monkey.

But a pig?

Turns out that ANY animal can be an emotional support animal. Horses, ferrets, snakes, pigs, probably cows too.

Good to know. Here’s a little background foabout this head scratcher:

Emotional Support Animals help individuals with anxiety or depression by providing comfort and support. Any animal can be an Emotional Support Animal. Federal law does not require these animals to have any specific training and you do not have to be disabled to have an Emotional Support Animal.

If the female flyer needed emotional support – more power to her. But her porky pal obviously wasn’t up to the task.

The animal should have good social skills if taken in public places. 

More importantly, this is just rude.

Rude. Rude. Rude.


Can you imagine having a seat mate board with A PIG?

Donkeys flying makes more sense. Snakes on planes have never sounded so good.

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