January 14, 2016

"My neighbor is a flight attendant. He just posted this photo of someone's 'therapy pet,' on his flight."

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"But airlines face fines as high as $150,000 for refusing requests for legitimate support animals, and as those requests increase, so does the threat of a lawsuit.... [U]ntil the Department of Transportation changes guidelines, there's only one solution. 'The airlines and everyone on board will have to live with it'...."

56 comments:

Todd said...

What if I have a documented "phobia" that is set off by your "therapy pet"? Who wins that round in the victim wars?

ddh said...

The jokes from this photo are just too easy.

Susan said...

My good gracious! What kind of phobia could one possibly have where only that particular animal would be the best companion?

Brando said...

I'd like to see the candidates address things like this--small rules by federal agencies that the president can have fixed, and will decrease our annoyances and cut wasteful expenses for airlines. It's not a "big issue" but it would be nice to see where our leaders come out on this. Obviously our current ones have done nothing to fix it.

Eustace Chilke said...

Those fuckers are mean.

What if I want an alligator? Or a cobra? Some restrictions surely apply, so it's not like they would be difficult to rationalize fully.

TML said...

Why can't my wife be my "emotional support animal"? There is no difference whatsoever.

fivewheels said...

Nice. This guy (or gal) doesn't even put the damned turkey in the window seat, he's going to force the sucker in the aisle to sit next to the animal.

fivewheels said...

Suddenly I'm thinking turkey pot pie.

Unknown said...

was this picture taken around Thanksgiving?

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FullMoon said...

Some guys will fuck anything.

Deirdre Mundy said...

So what happens if your therapy pet triggers someone else's asthma attack?

Or, someone else's panic attack? Who wins?

jacksonjay said...

What we need are more lawyers!

Paul Zrimsek said...

What if I have a documented "phobia" that is set off by your "therapy pet"?

Obviously you need a support animal that eats everyone else's support animals.

CatherineM said...

I get pics from co-workers all the time with the animals that are out and about on flights. What about when people are allergic, afraid, and when the animal shits?

n.n said...

When covered with sweet potato gravy, and served with a side of whole cranberry sauce, it would feed 1 out of 5 hungry children.

Original Mike said...

Let's elect more liberals. Yay!

(Is this for real?)

Expat(ish) said...

I was on a flight earlier this month that had at least 15 dogs and an unknown number of cats. And sneezing people....

I find it amusing, but I have no pet allergies.

-XC

Jane the Actuary said...

Agreed, I keep waiting for the reports of someone getting ill from one of these animals.

Michael said...

There was a guy w/ a dog on his lap across from me last week. WTF! I don't have any allergies but what if I did? Why is his pretend weakness trump a potential real one? I am going to bitch the next time just for sport. Would ask for upgrade but I am in first class anyway. Maybe howl long and loud enough for a free ticket.

Do your fucking therapy at home, not on an airplane with me in it. Jackass.

traditionalguy said...

Maybe Sharia Law wouldn't be so bad after all.

traditionalguy said...

And stay alert when you see Althouse on your flight. The rumor is she takes a comfort Honeybadger with her when Meade is not available.

Peter said...

"Ringling Brothers to Retire Elephants Ahead of Schedule"

Hmmmmm...

http://news.discovery.com/animals/ringling-brothers-to-retire-elephants-ahead-of-schedule-160112.htm

Clyde said...

A "refugee" in November, a "therapy pet" in January...

damikesc said...

What?

A bone-headed government policy is causing tons of "unforeseen" problems?

I need to warm up my shocked face for this.

Unknown said...

Ok, I was going to comment that I have near-peanut-anaphylactic-level cat allergies, that exposure even to a room where a cat has been triggers asthma attacks and bronchitis that has caused me to be hospitalized for oxygen and antibiotics (for the opportunistic bacterial infection of the mucosal secretions triggered by the allergy), that I did once leave a plane and get booked on the next flight when the hives started which is the signal that there is a cat around (which there was, on some idiot's lap), and that I likewise hate flying, avoid it, and haven't had to do it since this craze started. . . And then I saw the comment about the elephants. You win this comment section, sir, bravo, and God I hope I live to see the day when some entitled @ss tries to haul their support elephant down the jetway . . .

Tyrone Slothrop said...


As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

Alex said...

Oh look ma, it's Thanksgiving dinner!

Real American said...

people like this need to be ridiculed ad nauseum and shamed until they grow the fuck up.

elkh1 said...

Do support animals have a paid seat?

Quaestor said...

Ferrets are banned but turkeys which can incubate avian flu and transmit it to humans are okay? Something extremely stupid is going on here.

Trump will have to spend every waking moment of the first three of his eight years in the White House simply dealing with insanity like this.

PB said...

Ours is not an advancing civilization.

Quaestor said...

This guy (or gal) doesn't even put the damned turkey in the window seat, he's going to force the sucker in the aisle to sit next to the animal.

Nobody but a woman or Titus would put a pink floral collar on a turkey.

tim in vermont said...

Just recently there was a lady on my flight with a "therapy dog" that took up the space in front of two seats.

Ian F. Shield said...

Isn't that Bernie Sanders?

sydney said...

Did they put a diaper on that bird? Bird feces can transmit a variety of airborne infectious diseases, not to mention the smell.

Mary Beth said...

They don't allow spiders or snakes, either or which I would rather sit near than a turkey.

DanTheMan said...

"And there I was, without my cans of emotional support gravy..."

Aric said...

Can I bring my emotional support handgun?

TML said...

Just asked a good friend who lives in Germany and dates a Lufthansa employee about this. She was not amused. They would not allow this at all.

Fresh look at Germany.

Wayworn Wanderer said...

This is what the idiot pigs in government have brought us to. May each and every pig involved in the decision to allow this bullshit burn in hell -- soon -- as each one so richly deserves.

How cool would it be if a passenger just killed the fucking bird?

Drago said...

That turkey has probably voted in at least 2 Presidential elections as a registered democrat, so who are we to complain about his catching a flight?

Peggy Coffey said...

My son is allergic to feathers and his wife is terrified of birds. If they were on this plane it would be like winning the Powerball for them with the tremendous lawsuit.

Big Mike said...

So turkeys really can fly! Provided they're official therapy pets.

EMD said...

I wonder if they allow hot 19 year old girls to be therapy pets.

I am Lazlo on Tuesdays between 3 and 3:15 PM.

Unknown said...

Where are the adults? Is there no one that will point at the naked king?

These people are nuts and must be told no, not enabled.

Smilin' Jack said...

""My neighbor is a flight attendant. He just posted this photo of someone's 'therapy pet,' on his flight.""

I'd much prefer that to some of the fatsos or screeching brats I've been seated next to.

Chris N said...

Maybe one day taking a flight will be as safe and cheap as taking a Greyhound.

In fact I just read-up on that horrifying case in Canada, where a crazy, itinerant Chinese-speaking drifter cut off the head of a carnival worker sleeping next to him.

Reminds of those few times waiting in a Greyhound stop on the way to visit my brother.

Gobble, Gobble.

Where ya headed, fellow traveler?



tim in vermont said...

d much prefer that to some of the fatsos or screeching brats I've been seated next to.

Suddenly it's clear that "Smilin' Jack" refers to The Shining, and not a sunny disposition.

Unknown said...

If you need a support animal maybe you should be on the no-fly list and not be allowed to have a handgun

chillblaine said...

Therapy animals should be limited to animals that have mirror neurons. If it isn't a dog, it's just a snack.

Freeman Hunt said...

It would have been interesting if a large support dog were seated next to this large support turkey.

Sigivald said...

If "Therapy Animals" and service animals are going to be mandated as allowed (which in some cases is legitimate), they ought to be ... regulated, at least with a simple verification that service animals are trained and both kinds are fulfilling a documented, professionally-verified need.

Not, you know, "whatever someone claims is a therapy animal".

(My libertarian side suggests simply removing the mandate for them as the easiest solution - but if you're gonna have a mandate you're stuck with regulating it.)

Todd said...

Sorry but if you are so "unstable" that you need to travel with a "therapy animal" then you should not be allowed on mass transpiration as you might snap at any moment and are putting other people in jeopardy.

You just need to drive your self to where ever you need to go, problem solved.

In fact, that would be a good test as to how "critical" these therapy animals are. How many people with them would give up mass transpiration (plane, bus, boat, train, etc.) if they did not allowed these animals on.

Robert G. said...

I'm guessing that photo is a fake. There are obvious dark edges below the ribbon that are probably an attempt to mask the seam of the cropped turkey.

Char Char Binks said...

And the fluffy white lines
That the airplane leaves behind
Are drifting right in front
of the waning of the moon