Support Animals Bedevil Flight Attendants
Digested from The Washington Post
One in four flight attendants have dealt with animals defecating or urinating in the cabin, while 13 percent reported animal-related conflict among the passengers.
The friendly skies might not be so inviting when there’s an emotional support animal on the plane.
An Association of Flight Attendants survey of about 5,000 flight attendants across 30 airlines says, “one in four flight attendants had to deal with animals defecating or urinating in the cabin, while 13 percent reported animal-related conflict among the passengers,” according to The Washington Post’s Fredrick Kunkle.
More than 98 percent of the respondents worked on a flight with at least one emotional support animal in the past two years.
“One flight attendant was bitten on the foot as she walked past a dog, and another was bitten while placing a drink on a tray table,” Kunkle wrote.
Other animals are also causing problems. “Delta Airlines, which announced this year that it was implementing stricter rules, said people have tried to fly with companion turkeys, companion snakes, companion spiders and more,” Kunkle wrote. “The AFA said a bird got loose on one flight and couldn’t be found in the cabin for 45 minutes.”