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Emotional support pig booted from US Airways flight

PHOTO: A passenger on a US Airways flight took this photo of a pig on the plane. via abc They say pigs don’t fly, but this one came close. A pig landed on a US Airways flight out of Connecticut on Wednesday, but was taken off the plane after it became disruptive, a spokesperson told ABC News. Jonathan Skolnik, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a passenger on the flight, told ABC News today he thought the woman with the pig was carrying a duffel bag when she got on the plane and headed straight for the empty seat next to him. “But it turns out it wasn’t a duffel bag. We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash,” he said. “She tethered it to the arm rest next to me and started to deal with her stuff, but the pig was walking back and forth.” “I was terrified, because I was thinking I’m gonna be on the plane with the pig,” Snolnik added, saying he guesses the pig weighed between 50 and 70 pounds. But the flight didn’t take off with the pig. The woman and the animal eventually deplaned. American Airlines, the parent company of US Airways, confirmed to ABC News that a passenger brought the pig aboard as an emotional support animal. After the pig became disruptive, she was asked to leave, a spokesperson said.

 Whenever I’m the first person sitting in my row, I always get a weird anxiety about who is going to be sitting next to me. 70% of the time it’s someone who is morbidly obese or smells rancid (usually both). 20% of the time it’s someone relatively normal or, best case scenario, 9.99% of the time no one shows up and you have leg room for days. And then there’s that .01% chance that you sit next to a certified, “lock them up and throw away the key” lunatic who makes you never ever want to fly again. I mean can you only imagine being Professor Jonathan Skolnik in this situation? What is your reaction when someone sits down with livestock in tow? And it seems like this woman didn’t even say anything? Just thought it was completely normal, rational behavior to leash Babe up to her armrest?
Thank God US Airways did something right for the first time in history, but now I’m wondering how this pig made it all the way onto the airplane before someone sent him back towards the bacon factory? Like did this pig have to put its arms up in the body scanner. Did it get selected for a “random” pat down? Did the pig have a ticket, or was it too fat and need to get two? So many questions, so few answers, but at the end of the day justice prevailed and order was restored.

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