What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on an airplane? A military service dog, perhaps, or fellow passenger drying out a pair of sweaty socks by the air vent? Some strange things occur on flights, however, a horse on a plane is a first.
A Horse on a Plane?
Passenger Shaming on Twitter (@PassengerShame) recently sparked controversy by posting a photo of a passenger on a plane accompanied by her service horse.
The Twitter post went viral receiving many negative comments with people arguing that a horse shouldn’t be allowed on an airplane. Others defended the rights of the blind to live a normal life. Horse lovers expressed a desire to share the row with a miniature horse rather than some of the unpleasant people alongside whom they have to fly.
It is safe to say the horse photo caused a stir. Some think it is outrageous to see a horse on a plane. But why?
To be clear, this is a miniature horse, not the kind of horse someone would ride. Horse enthusiasts are bound to be filled with excitement to see such an adorable travel companion.
The miniature horse called Flirty is a service horse, not an emotional support animal as some have presumed. The purpose of a service horse is the same as a service dog. They provide increased mobility to visually impaired people by providing assistance in everyday activities.
You can follow Flirty on her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FlirtyTheMiniServiceHorse/) and on Instagram (@flirty.the.mini.service.horse).
Is it legal to fly with a horse?
The ADA is facing some backlash from the public over the amount of animals now being identified as service animals. Some argue that only certain domestic animals should be allowed to be taken into public places. It is still currently unclear where the line needs to be drawn, however.
The Air Carrier Access Act states that a passenger should not be denied the ability to fly on a public airline because of a disability and that their service animals should also be allowed to accompany them. Prohibiting the disabled person or their service animal from boarding would be considered discrimination.