An American passenger was kicked off a plane earlier this week when she tried to smuggle her cat on board as an “emotional support animal.”
The woman was caught on a recent flight aboard British Airways from Glasgow to London. She was sitting next to an emergency exit which means her bag had to be stored in the overhead. The cat was in a box inside her bag.
A British Airways spokesperson told Daily Record
“Cats cannot travel in the cabin but recognized assistance dogs travel free alongside their owners. Other animals need to travel in the hold.”
The Glasgow airport says their security staff was aware the cat was on the flight (dates are saying anything from last Sunday until October 24) and the cat was properly processed, although a report by The Travel brought up the issue of how the cat got past airport security. Security personnel said the cat wouldn’t have been detected whether it was brought on the plane dead, alive or stuffed.
British Airways says emotional support cats aren’t allowed to fly in the cabin but can be stored in the luggage hold on the plane.
With everything from peacocks to squirrels being labeled by their owners as support animals, airlines are defending what they allow to fly in the passenger cabins.
The woman is said not to have booked another flight once she was booted off.
Is it proper for dogs to be allowed to fly beside their owners and cats not or should things like people being allergic to cats be taken into consideration?
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