Thursday, 11 October 2018

Flight delayed by "emotional support squirrel"

A few months ago an airline flight in the United States was delayed when a woman tried to board with her pet peacock.

This week, passengers were held up for over two hours while a woman demanding to fly with an "emotional support squirrel" was removed from a plane at Orlando International Airport in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported.


The woman had noted on her reservation with Frontier Airlines that she was flying with an emotional support animal but did not say it was a squirrel, local media reported.

“Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights,” the airline said in a statement.

The flight to Cleveland was delayed when the woman, who had boarded, refused to leave the plane with her animal, which airline workers told her was not allowed.

Other passengers then were asked to get off the plane and police were called. Officers then escorted the woman and her squirrel off the airline.

Officers had all passengers get off the plane so they could "deal with the passenger," the airline said.

A spokesperson for Orlando Police Department said the woman, identified as wheelchair-user Cindy Torok, co-operated when police arrived and no arrest was made.

The emotional support squirrel is apparently called Daisy. Torok caught a later flight without her rodential companion. 

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