Travel: The General Weirdness of People

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.

2 thoughts on “Travel: The General Weirdness of People

  1. In the late 1960’s there used to be $99 round trip from NYC to San Juan. It left at midnight going down and early AM coming back. Many New Yorkers my age took it because it was a cheap flight. So did many Puerto Ricans for the same reason. I did it several times and it was always like a party. Multiple relatives came to the airport to see the travelers off, on the plane salsa music played all night long on one transistor radio or another , and food was passed around. An equal coterie of relatives met the plane in PR. (sort of like Panama) On a flight that a friend took, there were 1-2 chickens in a sack that went along. This was certainly before the era of extreme baggage checking and detectors. It was a great cultural experience and I remember it fondly!

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