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Old Oct 9, 14, 12:53 pm
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Alleged "Service Dog" Bit Gate Agent

My flight took a late the other day because some idiot got on the plane with a dog not in a carrier, claiming it was a service dog. The dog's behavior obviously proved it wasn't, right up to biting the agent who was trying to get a wheelchair customer into their seat.

The Captain threw the dog, it's owner, and the rest of the party off the plane. I can't believe how stupid some people are. What really ticks me off is that jerks like this make it more difficult with those who have a legitimate service dog.
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Old Oct 9, 14, 2:44 pm
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Not all animals legally allowed on the flight require training. There also emotional support animals (some legit some not) both can be denied boarding if animal is aggressive
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Old Oct 10, 14, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by Annerk View Post
My flight took a late the other day because some idiot got on the plane with a dog not in a carrier, claiming it was a service dog. The dog's behavior obviously proved it wasn't, right up to biting the agent who was trying to get a wheelchair customer into their seat.

The Captain threw the dog, it's owner, and the rest of the party off the plane. I can't believe how stupid some people are. What really ticks me off is that jerks like this make it more difficult with those who have a legitimate service dog.
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Old Oct 11, 14, 12:07 am
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It couldn't have been worse then the dog some guy brought onto the plane and it was in heat. Kept trying to, ahem.....mate, with another passengers leg.
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Old Oct 11, 14, 6:32 am
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Not all animals legally allowed on the flight require training. There also emotional support animals (some legit some not) both can be denied boarding if animal is aggressive
I'll bet anything that MOST "emotional support" animals that fly these days are not legit at all.
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Old Oct 11, 14, 4:03 pm
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Originally Posted by tommyleo View Post
I'll bet anything that MOST "emotional support" animals that fly these days are not legit at all.
I really wish the ACAA would be revised to make some requirement that ESA be legit. There really needs to be some sort of licensing for ESA.
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Old Oct 11, 14, 5:36 pm
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Under the ADA, staff can ask two questions about the "service animal" (defined as "...a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability":

(1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and
(2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform (i.e., it can't just sit there and "be" an emotional support animal... it has to do something).

But then:
"This definition (of "service animal") does not affect or limit the broader definition of ... “service animal” under the Air Carrier Access Act.

See, e.g., http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

Wish the ACAA was more specific regarding service animals and the identification of such. I also personally think other passengers, as private individuals, should call out fake service animals themselves. Nothing in the ADA or ACAA prevents that from happening.
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Old Oct 11, 14, 6:23 pm
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Originally Posted by LAXative View Post
I also personally think other passengers, as private individuals, should call out fake service animals themselves. Nothing in the ADA or ACAA prevents that from happening.
And then what?

Me: "Ma'am, your animal clearly is a pet, and not an ESA"
Passenger: "Oh yeah? Screw off"

Now what?
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Old Oct 11, 14, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by bkafrick View Post
And then what?

Me: "Ma'am, your animal clearly is a pet, and not an ESA"
Passenger: "Oh yeah? Screw off"

Now what?
Then ES pax orders a double Titos and downs it.
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Old Oct 11, 14, 8:31 pm
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I'm planning a trip to MSY to pick up my emotional support 'gator next week.
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Old Oct 12, 14, 3:55 am
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Originally Posted by Doc Savage View Post
I'm planning a trip to MSY to pick up my emotional support 'gator next week.
Hmmm, I could use a carton of some emotional support crawfish.
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Old Oct 12, 14, 6:38 pm
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Should the topic be be "Alleged service dog allegedly bites Gate Agent?"
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Old Oct 13, 14, 6:29 am
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Next time I have some California twit and her "service" poodle next to me on a flight, I'm going to ask if she brings that "service" dog with her to work.
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Old Oct 15, 14, 7:00 am
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Work?

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Next time I have some California twit and her "service" poodle next to me on a flight, I'm going to ask if she brings that "service" dog with her to work.
Work? You gotta be kidding.
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