Frontier Airlines Flight 1612 bound from Orlando to Cleveland was delayed due to an interesting reason: An Emotional Support Squirrel. One passenger was trying to sneak on a squirrel claiming it was for emotional support.
However, that didn’t go over to well with the airline who ended up calling police to remove her, as rodents are not allowed on Frontier Airlines, regardless if they’re considered to be for emotional support.
Police at a Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a Cleveland-bound flight after she was found carrying an “emotional support squirrel.”
Passengers had already boarded Frontier Airlines Flight 1612 at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday night when they were told there was a “situation” and everyone needed to get off the plane, according to passenger Brandon Nixon.
Frontier says the passenger had noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal with her on the flight, but she did not indicate it was a squirrel. Rodents, including squirrels, are not one of the emotional support animals allowed on Frontier flights, according to its website.
An emotional support animal provides support for an individual with a mental health-related disability and is not trained to perform a specific task(s) or work. Frontier is implementing the following changes:
- The ESA must be either a dog or a cat.
- Each customer may bring only one ESA on the flight.
- Advanced notice 48-hours prior to departure is required.
- The ESA must be in a carrier that can be stowed under the seat in front of the customer or on a leash at all times while in the airport and onboard the aircraft.
Due to this incident, the entire flight was deplaned and took a 2 hour delay… This wouldn’t fly at Delta as Delta Cracks Down On Fake Emotional Support Animals and no longer accept exotic or unusual service or support animals.
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