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Emotional Support Pig Kicked Off US Airways Flight After Stinking Up Cabin

Emotional Support Pig Kicked Off Plane

Pigs can get through airport security, but apparently they still can't fly. 

A woman and her 70-lb. emotional support pig were booted from a US Airways flight in Connecticut on Wednesday, after the animal started to cause a scene aboard the aircraft, according to the New York Post

The pig was carried on by its owner, who held the animal in her lap as more fliers continued to board the flight, but the pig soon began to hog too much space.


The Telegraph reports that the four-legged passenger started to stink up the cabin, and tried to run around the aisles while on its leash. 

"We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash," Jonathan Skolnik, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a passenger on the flight, told ABC News. "She tethered it to the arm rest next to me and started to deal with her stuff, but the pig was walking back and forth." 

"I was terrified, because I was thinking I'm gonna be on the plane with the pig," he added. 

After several passengers complained about the pig's behavior, the woman and the animal were asked to leave the flight. 


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Under federal rules drafted in 2012, emotional support animals, which can include monkeys and mini horses, are allowed onto flights, as long as they don't become disruptive. 

A spokeswoman for US Airways' parent company, American Airlines, confirmed to ABC News that the pig was brought aboard by a passenger as an emotional support animal, and then later asked to leave. 


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