One of my news feeds, Significant Digits, has this notification about American Airlines:
“American Airlines is taking a page out of The Book of Leviticus and issuing a list of banned service and emotional support animals that cannot be brought aboard flights starting July 1. This list includes amphibians, ferrets, goats, hedgehogs, insects, reptiles, rodents, snakes, spiders, sugar gliders (would love to know the story behind how this animal earned an extremely specific mention), poultry, waterfowl, birds of prey, all animals with tusks, horns or hooves (with the exception of the noble miniature horse), and any animal that smells bad. The policy is due to a 40 percent rise in the number of people transporting a service or support animal between 2016 and 2017. ”
I’m all in favor, but moved to wonder who would attempt to bring any of these creatures on an airplane in the first place.
A sugar glider, by the way, is “a small, omnivorous, arboreal and nocturnal gliding possum.” If I were seeking emotional support, a little flying possum that lives in trees and eats everything wouldn’t be the first place I’d look.
I did read about the woman who tried to bring a peacock onto a flight at Newark Airport, but I myself have never experienced a flight with a weird animal on board. Have you? I did see a woman marching a small pig in harness through SeaTac airport, and I felt sorry for the creature, who was not navigating the shiny, slippery tile floors well at all.