Miniature horses will now be allowed to travel on domestic flights under new guidelines provided by the federal government.
The rules, published on Thursday, allow passengers to bring the creatures on board American aircraft so long as they are designated as service animals.
In a statement, the US Department of Transport told
Airlines may now face fines should they ban the horses from travelling with their owners.
However, airlines will still be able to consider whether other service animals – with the exceptions of dogs and cats – are fit for travel on a case-by-case basis.
Miniature horses will now be allowed to travel on domestic flights under new guidelines provided the federal government
BIZARRE PETS PASSENGERS HAVE ATTEMPTED TO BRING ON PLANES
– Emotional Support Pig
In 2014, a woman was booted off a from Connecticut to Washington state because her large pet pig was being ‘disruptive’. A fellow passenger told CNN the pig weighed between 70 and 80 pounds, and began dropping things in the aisle and squealing
– Emotional Support Squirrel
A female traveler was left livid after Frontier Airlines barred her pet squirrel, Daisy, from accompanying her on a flight from Orlando to Cleveland. The passenger appeared on numerous TV programs blasting the company, claiming she had a letter from her doctor saying that the squirrel helped with her anxiety disorder
– Emotional Support Hamster
Last year, a woman admitted to flushing her emotional support hamster down an airport toilet after Spirit Airlines stopped her from bringing the rodent with her on the plane
Last year, Southwest became the first airline to allow miniature horses to travel with passengers if they were designated as service animals.
At the time, Southwest said the creatures ‘must be trained to behave in a public setting and must be under the control of the handler at all times.’
The American Disabilities Act differentiates between service animals and emotional support animals – which are commonly used to help calm the nerves of anxious travelers.
Unlike emotional support animals, service animals must have special training to assist their disabled owners with specific tasks.
Back in 2016, a turkey was allowed a seat on a United flight because it classified as a service animal for its disabled owner.
However, in recent years, airlines have often blocked passengers from travelling with pets dubbed ’emotional support animals’.
Back in 2016, a turkey was allowed a seat on a United flight because it classified as a service animal for its disabled owner
In January of last year, United Airlines famously stopped a female passenger from bringing her ’emotional support peacock’ aboard a flight
A woman and her large pet pig were booted off a flight from Connecticut to Washington state in 2014
In January of last year, United Airlines famously stopped a female passenger from bringing her ’emotional support peacock’ aboard a flight out of Newark Liberty Airport.
The company claimed that the peacock – named Dexter – surpassed weight and size restrictions.
Elsewhere, squirrels and hamsters have also been booted off planes, while American Airlines last year banned insects, goats, and hedgehogs from travelling with their owners.
However, other fliers have been more successful in bringing aboard their support pets.
In 2015, a snap of a flight attendant cradling a kangaroo on board an American plane went viral.
And, on a 2016 flight from Charlotte to Asheville, North Carolina, commuters were left stunned when a passenger brought his pet duck, Daniel, onto the plane.
An emotional support kangaroo is pictured on a plane back in 2015
Commuters were left stunned when a passenger brought his pet duck, Daniel, onto a plane in 2016