First it was a kangaroo, then came an emotional help duck onboard. And now a miniature horse has become the most recent uncommon animal to accompany a passenger on flight. Whereas passengers are surprised at the sight of miniature horses trotting on board plane, they’re set to be rather more frequent as federal authorities announce -new rules for animals on board.
Miniature Horse on flight to Nebraska
On Thursday, Ewan Nowak was travelling from Chicago to Omaha when he noticed a lovable tiny horse aboard an American Airways airplane. He captured the moment in a video which he later shared in Twitter. The footage exhibits the horse quick asleep on its owner’s lap on the packed airplane. Also, the miniature horse was seen strolling along with the owner at the Omaha airport. The animal named Flirty, belonged to Abrea Hensley who went everywhere with her miniature horse from the grocery store and restaurants to movies and now the airplane. While Hensley wasn’t ready to bring Flirty on board as she would possibly deal with other passengers’ reactions, still she wanted others to realize that service miniature horses are no different than support dogs.
Rules by the US Division of Transport
According to the federal law as revealed on August 15, passengers can travel with creatures on board American plane as long as they’re designated as service animals. Also, passengers who rely on an animal to help quell anxiety or other emotional challenges can fly with their animals. Though the Americans with Disabilities Act generally recognizes only dogs as service animals, new rules were enforced in 2010 to include trained miniature horses under some circumstances. Well, the boarding criteria reveals that a miniature horse should measure “24 inches to 34 inches to the shoulders and can weigh between 70 and 100 pounds.
Airlines can refuse to let an animal aboard
Airlines can still say ‘No’ to animals under given circumstances:
- Can be a threat to health or safety
- Too large or too heavy for the cabin.
- Disruptive animal, not in complete control of the owner
- Is not housebroken
- Is not allowed in the country the plane is traveling to.
Owners with emotional support animals are requested to give 48 hours’ notice to the airline and fill out paperwork, including a mental health professional form attesting to the need for the animal.