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A horse is believed to have made aviation history, and Inside Edition was there for the momentous occasion. Abrea Hensley, 33, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, which she says is due to childhood trauma. Because she is allergic to dogs, her service animal is a horse she named Flirty. Together, they boarded a plane in Nebraska. It's believed that Flirty's voyage is the first time in U.S. aviation history that a miniature horse flew a commercial airplane.
 

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Woman brings mini service horse on American Airlines flights as DOT considers ban

Giddy up — up, up and away.

A Michigan woman is sharing the positive “tail” of her recent American Airlines flights with a miniature service horse.

The equine lover hopes that her horse’s first-ever flights won’t be his last, however, as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed a ban to restrict and limit service and emotional support animals to only trained service dogs.

On Feb. 7, Ronica Froese flew from Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Michigan to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with a final destination of Ontario International Airport in California. It was no ordinary journey, as Froese had her miniature service horse Fred in tow, she told Fox News on Tuesday.

Froese, who runs the animal-assisted therapy nonprofit Little Horses Big Smiles Inc., said that the trip — and their return journey home on Feb. 14 through the same airports — was totally smooth.

“All of the airplane employees and airport employees were incredibly kind. It was so wonderful, even every pilot wanted a picture [with Fred]!” she told Fox News.

Ahead of the trek, Froese spent months preparing Fred for his trip, and even purchased two first-class seats to ensure her mini companion would be comfortably accommodated on the plane, Fox 17 reports.

“I purchased two first-class seats in bulkhead seating, I paid an arm and a leg for tickets but I did so because it was Fred’s first time and I wanted him to be comfortable. I wanted him to have the most room,” she said. “Everyone was sweet as pie, TSA was amazing. The experience was way better than I actually anticipated.”

On Facebook, Froese thanked all four sets of pilots, copilots and flight attendants on the American Airlines flights for their kindness and encouraging words during all the trips.

“Their excitement to have a legit service horse on board, and in first-class, no less, was a breath of fresh air. Their kindness and comments about how well behaved Fred was made me the proudest Mommy, handler, and trainer EVER,” she wrote. “They were all super respectful and I think if they all commented on the coming changes the DOT is trying to [implement], it could help our very small community of miniature service horse handlers keep our right to fly with our horses.”

Froese is referring to a January proposal from the DOT calling for a ban on emotional support animals as well as a restriction on the types of service animals that passengers would be allowed to bring on planes, limiting them only to trained service dogs.

The DOT announced the proposal in response to the rising numbers of support and service animals accompanying their owners during air travel, and to “ensure that our air transportation system is safe for the traveling public and accessible to individuals with disabilities,” according to the DOT’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

Under the proposed guidelines, emotional support animals would no longer be considered service animals, and actual service animals would be restricted to dogs that have been “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.”

Passengers flying with service animals would also be limited to two animals per traveler and required to check in one hour earlier than those without, among other regulations.

The DOT added that it would not be requiring airlines to abide by these regulations if the proposal is adopted, but rather leave it up to each individual carrier to choose whether or not to enforce the rules regarding emotional support and service animals.

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/woman-mini-service-horse-american-airlines-dot

 

 

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This video is from 2015. Not sure if the law has changed since then.

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to_dave007

FRUIT CAKE

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Paddy

An unrestrained animal of that size a) requires space (and it looks like maybe the lady bought 2 seats) and b) is a hazard to everyone else’s safety in severe turbulence. 
 

The signage on the animal suggests that the general public doesn’t see it (without the signs) as a service animal...go figure...

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to_dave007
3 hours ago, Paddy said:

An unrestrained animal of that size a) requires space (and it looks like maybe the lady bought 2 seats) and b) is a hazard to everyone else’s safety in severe turbulence. 
 

The signage on the animal suggests that the general public doesn’t see it (without the signs) as a service animal...go figure...

good point..  bags and purses must be checked in overhead compartment or stowed under the seat..  so what about the $(&@#% horse.

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the.lone.gunman

My dog died so my new “service animal” is a beehive. Killer bees. I can’t wait for my next trip to the Phillipines.

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lamoe
2 hours ago, the.lone.gunman said:

My dog died so my new “service animal” is a beehive. Killer bees. I can’t wait for my next trip to the Phillipines.

Must have been a b!tch to recognize and name them all.

How do you pet them?

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rfm010

This topic was mentioned and mocked earlier here:

all-clear to miniature horses flying in the cabin if they are aservice animal

except that i managed to copy the title but not the link.

i like miniature horses, we used to let a fellow place a small herd on our farm during winters.  Would much rather sit next to the horse than the person needing it.

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36 minutes ago, rfm010 said:

all-clear to miniature horses flying in the cabin if they are aservice animal

 

The issue is that at least one of the horses was actually an emotional support animal.

A service animal has to be trained to provide a service. Like a seeing eye dog.

An emotional support animal doesn't have to be trained.

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I’m not particularly a pet person. I have no issues with horses (I could, in my youth, ride), ponies or miniature horses in an appropriate environment - eg a paddock. I simply think that an aeroplane is no place to mix unrestrained, untrained, large animals with people. Similarly, I have no issues with accommodating trained service animals even in an aeroplane. 
We all like to think we’re “free” and can exercise our “rights” regardless. However, there are limits and it’s a balancing act to determine where those limits are. 
When aeroplanes are equipped to restrain >15lb (the approximate limit of my hand luggage) animals AND cope with their hygiene needs, I’ll say “OK”. Until then my answer is “you have to be out of your cotton pickin’ mind”. 

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23 hours ago, Salty Dog said:

Because she is allergic to dogs, her service animal is a horse she named Flirty

Plenty of dogs that do not have fur but hair. She has the option to get a dog like that that would not bother her allergies. Perhaps she should get a real horse and ride it to wherever she would like?

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Ozepete
2 hours ago, Dafey said:

Plenty of dogs that do not have fur but hair. She has the option to get a dog like that that would not bother her allergies. Perhaps she should get a real horse and ride it to wherever she would like?

So she's allergic to hairy dogs, but certainly not 'Hot dogs or Hamburgers!  This is BS and disrespects others travellers

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