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Feds: Airlines Must Let Passengers Fly With Pigs for 'Emotional Support'
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Posted on 07/07/2012 11:19:33 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Feds: Airlines Must Let Passengers Fly With Pigs for 'Emotional Support' By Elizabeth Harrington

(CNSNews.com) – Pot-bellied pigs must be granted passage on airplanes if they are used for “emotional support” by their owners, states the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) draft manual on equity for the disabled in air travel.

The DOT published its “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Draft Technical Assistance Manual” in the Federal Register on July 5, providing guidance that allows swine on airplanes if they are determined to be service animals.

The manual is designed to "help carriers and indirect carriers and their employees/contractors that provide services or facilities to passengers with disabilities, assist those passengers in accordance with" the Air Carrier Access Act. The manual open for public comments until Oct. 3.

Under the “Service Animal” section, the department lays out a scenario for airline carriers entitled “Example 1.”

The manual states: “A passenger arrives at the gate accompanied by a pot-bellied pig. She claims that the pot-bellied pig is her service animal. What should you do?”

“Generally, you must permit a passenger with a disability to be accompanied by a service animal,” reads the manual. “However, if you have a reasonable basis for questioning whether the animal is a service animal, you may ask for some verification.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disability; emotionalsupport; flyingdisability; flyingpigs; miniaturehorses; minihorses; pigs; serviceanimals
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It has come to this..........
1 posted on 07/07/2012 11:19:39 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Anything that keeps muslims off airplanes works for me.

I always carry bacon bits, m’self...


2 posted on 07/07/2012 11:21:15 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1263 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Looks like anti-terror legislation to me.

Now watch muzzies react by bombing more aircraft or the HQ of the airlines because they are ‘offended’..


3 posted on 07/07/2012 11:23:20 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sub-Driver

After some of the un-showered, obese slobs I’ve had seated next to me (and spilling into my seat), a pot-bellied pig next to me on a plane would be a welcome change.


4 posted on 07/07/2012 11:24:48 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Sub-Driver

What is that old saying? When pigs fly....?


5 posted on 07/07/2012 11:26:24 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Frankly, someone who needs a pig for emotional support shouldn’t be allowed to fly...with or without the pig.


6 posted on 07/07/2012 11:27:59 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Uh oh.

As John of Patmos says in the Book of Revelation..."the Man of Sin/Son of Perdition will not be revealed until pigs fly..."

OK, Obama, now we've got you ID'd.

/s

7 posted on 07/07/2012 11:29:30 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Sub-Driver; Anoreth

What if I said I have an anxiety disorder and need to carry a Sig Sauer 9mm for emotional support? After all, it’s a beautiful gun, I spent a lot of money on it, and holding it makes me happy!


8 posted on 07/07/2012 11:30:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("If I want someone without merit, I'll simply vote for the Moslem ferret!" ~Da Coyote)
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To: Sub-Driver

I think the government should provide free emotional-support pigs.


9 posted on 07/07/2012 11:30:42 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Sub-Driver
Why shouldn't pigs fly, if they know how to...


10 posted on 07/07/2012 11:33:13 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: null and void

Bump!


11 posted on 07/07/2012 11:33:38 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Sub-Driver

Keeping up with the rest of the country.


12 posted on 07/07/2012 11:38:19 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Sub-Driver

Observations from a guy in his 60’s...

I remember my college days where people competed to come up with the weirdest arguments just to test their debating skills. It seems that supporting goofy suppositions has been the norm ever since, political correctness being a prime example. Prior to the 60’s, rational thought and common sense held sway. Since then, the goofier the proposition, the more the zeitgeist attempted justify it. A culture as successful as the one we used to have provided so much leisure time that we lost all concept of that which is ultimately the most important, freedom, liberty and the rule of law. Most people alive today have never experienced anything other than “plenty”. They can’t imagine it’s absence.

We are experiencing the easiest existence ever enjoyed by man, the longest life expectancy, air-conditioned comfort, surplus food...and listen to us bitch.

...and, of course, the statists just see a need to control us for our own good.

Which brings to mind my favorite C.S. Lewis quote:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”


13 posted on 07/07/2012 11:38:28 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Sub-Driver

OMG!
But #2 makes a good point.


14 posted on 07/07/2012 11:40:13 AM PDT by expat2
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To: Sub-Driver

15 posted on 07/07/2012 11:42:46 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Sub-Driver
Miniature horses and monkeys, which the manual describes as “commonly used service animals,” are also permitted.

Where is a miniature horse going to ... sit? ... on a packed airplane? And they won't let an emotional-support snake on, even though she wouldn't take up any room at all!

16 posted on 07/07/2012 11:43:23 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("If I want someone without merit, I'll simply vote for the Moslem ferret!" ~Da Coyote)
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To: Tax-chick

The sporting goods store in Courthouse is having something called a July gun sale.
Considering how close we live to the county jail I am thinking another shotgun might be useful.


17 posted on 07/07/2012 11:44:08 AM PDT by Anoreth (It's not a great party until someone loses rank.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What’s next? Miniature horses?


18 posted on 07/07/2012 11:44:50 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Sub-Driver
As a bonafide male chauvinist pig, I offer my companion services to emotionally unstable women. (Unbeknownst to me, apparently they're my type.)
19 posted on 07/07/2012 11:44:50 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Sub-Driver

Personally...I really want to see a TSA “Piggy pat down”!


20 posted on 07/07/2012 11:46:57 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Tax-chick

“What if I said I have an anxiety disorder and need to carry a Sig Sauer 9mm for emotional support? After all, it’s a beautiful gun, I spent a lot of money on it, and holding it makes me happy!”

EVEN THEN, I could not tell you, “Madam, you are not fit to fly with pigs.”


21 posted on 07/07/2012 11:47:01 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Anoreth
another shotgun might be useful

I agree. You don't want an escaped inmate to hurt Piper.

Buy two and bring me one. I'll pay you back! Bill and Tom have taken the shotgun class at camp.

22 posted on 07/07/2012 11:47:50 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("If I want someone without merit, I'll simply vote for the Moslem ferret!" ~Da Coyote)
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To: Tax-chick; Salamander

Better notify Salamander that no snakes for emotional support will be allowed. I’m sure that she’d have a few choice words about that.


23 posted on 07/07/2012 11:48:23 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They’re already past that.


24 posted on 07/07/2012 11:59:20 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (WTB new tagline, PST!)
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To: treetopsandroofs
“Madam, you are not fit to fly with pigs.”

That's okay, I'd rather drive.

25 posted on 07/07/2012 11:59:20 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("If I want someone without merit, I'll simply vote for the Moslem ferret!" ~Da Coyote)
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To: Tax-chick; Anoreth

I should have known I would find y’all on this thread!!!


26 posted on 07/07/2012 12:06:54 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Sub-Driver

".....well there goes another excuse I used to use"

27 posted on 07/07/2012 12:09:46 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SIDENET

“After some of the un-showered, obese slobs I’ve had seated next to me (and spilling into my seat), a pot-bellied pig next to me on a plane would be a welcome change.”

Hey, no kidding! For some peculiar reason almost ANYTIME I fly I get saddled with a 400 pound, fetid-breathed pile of body odor in the seat next to me. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you!


28 posted on 07/07/2012 12:10:39 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Gabz; Anoreth

Anoreth and I don’t like to miss out on any kind of absurdity. When you consider the family life we have shared, there’s a clear indication of our state of mind ... although, of course, correlation is not causation ...


29 posted on 07/07/2012 12:11:11 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("If I want someone without merit, I'll simply vote for the Moslem ferret!" ~Da Coyote)
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To: Sub-Driver

New marketing slogan—Airlines now Muslim Free!

I need to board with a 1,000 pound sow...it gives me emotional comfort. Especially anticipating a TSA goon checking and fondling one.


30 posted on 07/07/2012 12:12:04 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Sub-Driver
...and shortly it will come to THIS...


31 posted on 07/07/2012 12:13:13 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Sub-Driver

How does this square with the First Couple taking two planes on vacation?


32 posted on 07/07/2012 12:18:22 PM PDT by Former War Criminal (Who am I? Why am I here?)
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To: Tax-chick

“They said you weren’t fit to fly with pigs....but I defended you.....I said you were”


33 posted on 07/07/2012 12:18:40 PM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: treetopsandroofs
need to carry a Sig Sauer 9mm
In July of 1970 (17 yrs old) I flew from Seattle to Anchorage for a job and carried my cased Winchester Model 70 onto the jet plane and stored it in the stew's broom closet after they checked to make sure it was unloaded. No metal detectors, no pat down - times have changed.
34 posted on 07/07/2012 12:20:54 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a dog.)
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To: markoman

That was awfully nice of you. I grew up on a farm, after all.


35 posted on 07/07/2012 12:21:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("If I want someone without merit, I'll simply vote for the Moslem ferret!" ~Da Coyote)
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To: Tax-chick

I have nothing against pigs personally.
I find them and other livestock quite tasty:)


36 posted on 07/07/2012 12:27:53 PM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: Tax-chick
“Generally, you must permit a passenger with a disability to be accompanied by a Sig Sauer 9mm..”

See how easy it is to work for the DOT with the help of the “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Draft Technical Assistance Manual”?

37 posted on 07/07/2012 12:32:47 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Tax-chick
"What if I said I have an anxiety disorder and need to carry a Sig Sauer 9mm for emotional support?"

In some circles, this is known as, "the pig"...

...and indeed, it can give one tremendous emotional support.

38 posted on 07/07/2012 12:35:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sub-Driver
She claims that the pot-bellied pig is her service animal.

I was unaware pot-bellied pigs can be service animals...

I guess I learn something new and bizarre every day in Hope and Change America...

39 posted on 07/07/2012 12:39:52 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: Tax-chick; Anoreth

LOL! In your case - I do believe it is!!!


40 posted on 07/07/2012 12:44:40 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I guessed we’ll have to update our old Hillary joke:

Hillary Clinton walks up to the jetway gate with a pot-bellied pig.

The TSA agent asks, “where did you get the pig?”

“I won her in a raffle,” says the pig.


41 posted on 07/07/2012 12:48:25 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: Meet the New Boss

LOL!!!

I say a service pig shoild be on every flight!

any would-be jihadi martyr bomber then has to live with the chances his charred mortal remains will be mixed with lard


42 posted on 07/07/2012 12:54:01 PM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: dainbramaged

In the spring of 1968 (age 19) I carried my cased Remington 870 onto a flight to Washington National (now Reagan International) Airport. The stew put it in the coat closet next to the forward boarding door. She handed it back as I deplaned & said thank you for flying Delta.

In the summer of 1972 (age 23) I carried two souvenir rifles from Vietnam in a miniature golf bag through the San Fran International concourse, with the bayonets sticking out. The customs guy said welcome home.

In the summer of 1982 (age 33) I carried six handguns from Germany in my suitcase through Atlanta customs. They checked my Form 6/Part II & said have a nice day.

As to the subject of this thread, I say let passengers bring on board their well behaved potbellied pigs! At least one airline should announce a pig-friendly pet policy. Let the muzzies stay away in droves & threaten reprisals! In fact I wish they would all just go away.

(Please to note my tagline)


43 posted on 07/07/2012 12:58:21 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!")
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To: Tax-chick

44 posted on 07/07/2012 12:58:47 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Sub-Driver

As long as the pig doesn’t hog the armrest.


45 posted on 07/07/2012 1:00:04 PM PDT by moovova (Pandora has left the box.)
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To: gorush
"...but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Clive Staples Lewis was a genius!

46 posted on 07/07/2012 1:04:32 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Tax-chick

The support animal laws were created to help those with genuine issues cope and they have been a Godsend for lots of suffering people but like everything else, idiots always have to come along and ruin it for everybody.

I can understand a seeing-eye miniature horse becase they *do* have much longer life spans, greater vision and less ‘reactive’ temperaments than dogs but a ‘support pig’ is just stupid.

People like this will eventually cause a revision of the existing laws and huge problems for the people who have ‘normal’ support animals.

Having my 7’ Boa wrapped around my shoulders, giving me a ‘massage’ makes me feel ‘calm’.

So, should I have ~him~ ‘prescribed’ as a support animal and force everybody to stare into his snakey face everywhere I go?

Sheesh.

This is coming at a time when the organizations who provide support dogs for returning troops is really taking off and making a huge difference in their lives.

Just watch selfish jerks send that down in flames.


47 posted on 07/07/2012 1:16:37 PM PDT by Salamander (I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This country is being run by the insane.


48 posted on 07/07/2012 1:29:41 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Joe 6-pack; archy

If yer old enough to remember that “pig,” well, I guess we’re brothers.


49 posted on 07/07/2012 1:31:32 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: null and void

Pigs instead of Air Marshals would be cheaper and a more effective suicide mission deterrent. Islamaniacs can’t have pig blood on them when they die. And I’d rather have a pot-bellied pig next to me on a plane than some of the other types of smelly pigs I’ve had spilling over into my seat.


50 posted on 07/07/2012 1:36:28 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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