The definition of “emotional support animal” has gotten rather broad lately, and for some reason, it is airlines that seem to be having the most difficulty with the wide array of creatures people now define as essential for their mental health.
Sometimes, their choice of emotional support animal seems indicative of their mental health, however, as evidenced by a recent incident that delayed a flight two hours after everyone had to deplane because a woman insisted on bringing her squirrel on board.
That’s right–a squirrel.
No one is sure how she got the little guy past TSA, but she somehow managed to get it onboard a Fronteir Airlines flight from Orlando, FL to Cleveland, OH.
“Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights,” the airline explained a statement. “The passenger was advised of the policy and asked to deplane. When she refused to deplane Orlando Police were called and requested that everyone be deplaned so they could deal with the passenger. Police eventually escorted the passenger off the aircraft and took her to the main terminal.”
The Daily Wire explains that the entire flight was delayed for two hours following the incident.
They also noted that law enforcement has not revealed the identity of the woman…or the squirrel.
They did not mention, however, whether or not there is an airline that does allow emotional support squirrels, so it’s probably a good rule of thumb to leave your squirrel with a…squirrelsitter if you plan to fly anytime soon.