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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 Transportations (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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Anything that keeps muslims off airplanes works for me.
I always carry bacon bits, m’self...
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’..
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.
What is that old saying? When pigs fly....?
Frankly, someone who needs a pig for emotional support shouldn’t be allowed to fly...with or without the pig.
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.
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!
I think the government should provide free emotional-support pigs.
Keeping up with the rest of the country.
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.”
But #2 makes a good point.
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!
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.
What’s next? Miniature horses?
Personally...I really want to see a TSA “Piggy pat down”!
“What if I said I have an anxiety disorder and need to carry a Sig Sauer 9mm for emotional support? After all, its 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.”
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.
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.
They’re already past that.
That's okay, I'd rather drive.
I should have known I would find y’all on this thread!!!
".....well there goes another excuse I used to use"
“After some of the un-showered, obese slobs Ive 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!
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 ...
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.
How does this square with the First Couple taking two planes on vacation?
“They said you weren’t fit to fly with pigs....but I defended you.....I said you were”
That was awfully nice of you. I grew up on a farm, after all.
I have nothing against pigs personally.
I find them and other livestock quite tasty:)
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?
In some circles, this is known as, "the pig"...
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...
LOL! In your case - I do believe it is!!!
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.
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
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)
As long as the pig doesn’t hog the armrest.
Clive Staples Lewis was a genius!
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?
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.
This country is being run by the insane.
If yer old enough to remember that “pig,” well, I guess we’re brothers.
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.