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A six-year-old passenger onboard Southwest Airlines flight 1904 from Phoenix to Portland last week, was bitten by an emotional support animal from another passenger onboard the flight.
The dog that bit the girl and the dog’s owner were both pulled off the flight before it departed, but this incident is having Southwest Airlines rethink their policies on emotional support animals. Last month, we shared news that Delta Cracks Down On Fake Emotional Support Animals by implementing advance documentation requirements for emotional support animals flying on the airline.
Per the Chicago Tribune,
Southwest Airlines is reviewing its policies on emotional support and service animals after a young girl was bitten on the forehead on one of its planes.
The dog was in the first row of seats against a bulkhead when the girl, about six years old, approached it after the owner had asked her to stay back, said Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford. The dog’s teeth “scraped” the girl’s forehead as it turned away, breaking the skin and causing a minor injury, she said.