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Feds: Airlines Must Let Passengers Fly With Pigs for 'Emotional Support'
CNS News ^ | JULY 6, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 07/09/2012 1:03:09 PM PDT by IbJensen

(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.”

The manual instructs airline carriers and their employees to begin by asking questions about the animal, such as, “What tasks or functions does your animal perform for you?” or “What has its training been?”

“If you are not satisfied with the credibility of the answers to these questions or if the service animal is an emotional support or psychiatric service animal, you may request further verification,” the guidebook states. “You should also call a CRO [Complaints Resolution Official] if there is any further doubt as to whether the pot-bellied pig is the passenger's service animal.”

If the answers are satisfactory, pot-bellied pigs, which can weigh as much as 300 pounds, must be accepted aboard the plane.

“Finally, if you determine that the pot-bellied pig is a service animal, you must permit the service animal to accompany the passenger to her seat provided the animal does not obstruct the aisle or present any safety issues and the animal is behaving appropriately in a public setting,” the manual states.

Last November, ABC News reported that a 300-pound pot-bellied pig flew on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Seattle because the animal was deemed a therapeutic companion pet.

Wendy Ponzo, vice president of the North American Potbellied Pig Association, said that the pigs can be used as service animals and can be trained to open and close doors and use a litter box. “They also seem to have a sense if the owner is not feeling well to stay by them,” said Ponzo, who has multiple sclerosis.

“They help me a great deal when I feel at my worst,” she said.

The DOT’s technical assistance manual is designed for airlines and passengers with disabilities under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The ACAA was passed in 1986 and bars discrimination against the disabled in air travel.

“It is designed to serve as an authoritative source of information about the services, facilities, and accommodations required by the ACAA,” the manual states. The DOT says that the manual “does not expand carriers' legal obligations or establish new requirements under the law.”

In its definition of service animal, the DOT includes creatures that provide “emotional support.” The manual defines a service animal as an “animal individually trained to perform functions to assist a person with a disability; Animal that has been shown to have the innate ability to assist a person with a disability…or Emotional support or psychiatric service animal.”

“You should be aware that there are many different types of service animals that perform a range of tasks for individuals with a disability,” the manual states.

"Be aware," it says, "that people who have disabilities that are not apparent may travel with emotional support, psychiatric service, or other service animals," it says.

Though pot-bellied pigs are permissible, the DOT forbids some animals from aircraft. “As a U.S. carrier, you are not required to carry certain unusual service animals in the aircraft cabin such as ferrets, rodents, spiders, snakes and other reptiles,” it states.

Miniature horses and monkeys, which the manual describes as “commonly used service animals,” are also permitted.

On a case-by-case basis, the DOT says, animals can be turned away if they are “too large or heavy to be accommodated in the aircraft cabin; would pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others; would cause a significant disruption in cabin service; or would be prohibited from entering a foreign country at the aircraft's destination.”

As CNSNews.com previously reported, under new Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines businesses also must permit miniature horses for use as service guide animals on their premises.

According to the DOT guidebook, if an animal is not accepted, the carrier must document the decision in writing and provide it to the passenger within 10 days.

Foreign carriers only have to accommodate dogs as service animals, unless the flight is code-shared with a U.S. carrier.

Carriers must also provide “relief areas” for service animals. “With respect to terminal facilities you own, lease, or control at a U.S. airport, you must, in cooperation with the airport operator, provide relief areas for service animals that accompany passengers with a disability who are departing, arriving, or connecting at an airport on your flights,” the manual states.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security prohibits many items from being carried onto airplanes, including sporting goods, liquids over 3 ounces, and snow globes. The TSA has faced criticism after several incidents involving its treatment of the mentally disabled.

In June 2011, for example, at Detroit’s McNamera Terminal, the TSA confiscated a 6-inch plastic toy hammer from Drew Mandy, a severely mentally handicapped man who carried the toy for security. Mandy, who is 29-years old but has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old, was subject to a thorough pat down by TSA agents, who then threw away the toy after they considered it to be a weapon.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: evilobamaregime; flyingpigs; pigs; serviceanimals; stupidity; swineinplanes
I guess this means that Obama, Biden, and the rest of the dems can now fly with their spouses.
1 posted on 07/09/2012 1:03:23 PM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Don’t that beat all?

We’re so totally screwed—————hope we can find our way back.


2 posted on 07/09/2012 1:07:42 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: IbJensen
A lot of unfilled promises have to be met now.
3 posted on 07/09/2012 1:08:03 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: IbJensen

“thats not a pig! thats his wife...”


4 posted on 07/09/2012 1:08:50 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: IbJensen
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5 posted on 07/09/2012 1:09:31 PM PDT by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: basil
We’re so totally screwed—————hope we can find our way back.

Think positive - it will make the Muslims unwilling to board the plane.

6 posted on 07/09/2012 1:13:06 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: IbJensen
On the bright side, this will keep muslims from ever getting into another plane ever again.

A pig a day will keep islam away.

7 posted on 07/09/2012 1:13:09 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: IbJensen

Awaiting official response from CAIR.


8 posted on 07/09/2012 1:13:35 PM PDT by bleedblue
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To: IbJensen

Awaiting official response from CAIR.


9 posted on 07/09/2012 1:13:58 PM PDT by bleedblue
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To: IbJensen

My job requires some flying...but once I retire, I’ll NEVAH EVAH get on an airplane again.

The TSA has been civil, but flying now reminds me of the one time years ago I had to take a bus cross country. Our airline terminals, the lines, the waits, and the airline equipment itself reminds me of Greyhound...only then, it was cleaner and far more efficient.


10 posted on 07/09/2012 1:14:40 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: basil
Now, now. Be kind and understanding. The Department of Transportation is preparing valiantly for what it must see as the inevitable reelection of President Obama. It's for our own good.

Recognizing that many of us will need emotional support should that happen, it is showing how we can get it even when flying.

11 posted on 07/09/2012 1:14:50 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: IbJensen

Actually pigs on board could act as a muslim terrorist deterrent. Aren’t they afraid of pig’s blood on their corpse? What if they thought their remains might get mingled with a pig’s if they take the plane down. No paradise, no virgins, just pig hell.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 1:14:57 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: lowbridge

“On the bright side, this will keep muslims from ever getting into another plane ever again.
A pig a day will keep islam away. “

D*mn, didn’t think of that.

Great idea. I’ll take a pig over a muzzie any day.


13 posted on 07/09/2012 1:15:58 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: IbJensen

And people wonder why I avoid like the plague, any public transportation. I have had enough of the freak show to last a lifetime. Now they are going to let farm animals on planes? Why even bother flying.


14 posted on 07/09/2012 1:16:27 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Da Coyote

I was thinking of the Rent-a-potbelly concession
at each airport...
Can’t afford a real pig?
Try our bacon strip vests.


15 posted on 07/09/2012 1:18:53 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

[ Actually pigs on board could act as a muslim terrorist deterrent. Aren’t they afraid of pig’s blood on their corpse? What if they thought their remains might get mingled with a pig’s if they take the plane down. No paradise, no virgins, just pig hell. ]

Maybe just sell pendants that have pigs blood sealed in them?

Less smell, same potential effect.


16 posted on 07/09/2012 1:20:51 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Truth is a Weapon

I support a pig on every flight, just in case.

If there are any suspicious folks on board, Petunia can be trained to go sit next to them, and comfort them.

Would be cheaper, even with the training, than air marshals. The air crew could have little baggies of Petunia’s excrement to toss, and water pistols filled with Petunia’s “wee-wee” as a back-up.

Problem solved, and we can let the TSA folks retire.


17 posted on 07/09/2012 1:21:25 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
I seem to recall that this was an actual tactic used by Israel on buses.
18 posted on 07/09/2012 1:21:32 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: IbJensen
The miniatures horses say, Me Too! Me Too!


19 posted on 07/09/2012 1:22:02 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: IbJensen

I actually LOVE this....Can you just imagine if every passenger brings on a pig.....I hope little pigs become VERY popular....Flying will suddenly become the most safest mode of transportation.....lol.....wink....I hope everyone gets it.


20 posted on 07/09/2012 1:23:11 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: IbJensen
They should give a pig to every Muslim that flies too as a deterrent or damage control or something!
21 posted on 07/09/2012 1:23:48 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: napscoordinator
Can you just imagine if every passenger brings on a pig

As long as the pigs don't go "Weee weee weee" all the way home.

22 posted on 07/09/2012 1:24:12 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: IbJensen
...pot-bellied pigs, which can weigh as much as 300 pounds...

Sometimes they are well over 300 pounds:


23 posted on 07/09/2012 1:26:49 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: IbJensen

Great idea! A pig on every plane, beats flying naked to avoid the searches, and it will keep muslimes off the plane.
I think all great american should send a pig to the whitehut.


24 posted on 07/09/2012 1:27:12 PM PDT by sunny48
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To: Fresh Wind
Hollywood fatbellied pig
25 posted on 07/09/2012 1:30:57 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: rightwingcrazy

Soooooweeeeeeeeeet!!!


26 posted on 07/09/2012 1:31:36 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: IbJensen

I’m all for this if it keeps Islamic terrorists from flying. Perhaps their “martyrdom” might not count if they blew themselves up with a pig or perhaps they might get a reduced number of heavenly virgins or that the virgins would all be ugly because of Allah’s displeasure with the pig.


27 posted on 07/09/2012 1:31:53 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: IbJensen

I would say this is stupid, but I would gladly fly with a pig.

The odds of terrorists wanting to die with one might deter the *other* pigs.


28 posted on 07/09/2012 1:33:39 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: basil

Look on the bright side: If someone on your flight is accompanied by a pig, won’t that keep the mohammedans off your plane?


29 posted on 07/09/2012 1:36:02 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: 5thGenTexan

[ I seem to recall that this was an actual tactic used by Israel on buses. ]

But, But, But da juice no like pigs either..

Well they simply don’t eat them, They don’t have an irrational screaming mad insane crazy foaming at the mouth phobia of them like the ROPers do....


30 posted on 07/09/2012 1:36:33 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Da Coyote

I’ll be taking an insurance pig along on my next flight.


31 posted on 07/09/2012 1:42:57 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

Hooterville Airlines


32 posted on 07/09/2012 1:45:38 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
"Think positive - it will make the Muslims unwilling to board the plane. "

That's what I'm thinking. Now that's a service animal!

33 posted on 07/09/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: IbJensen

since Muslims refuse to die in the presence of a pig I think this is a capital idea


34 posted on 07/09/2012 2:09:04 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ForAmerica
“They should give a pig to every Muslim that flies too as a deterrent or damage control or something!”


Thank you for flying our airlines. Here is your complimentary pig and bacon “sammich”.

35 posted on 07/09/2012 2:17:45 PM PDT by hummingbird (Breitbart and Spartacus: here, there, everywhere.)
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To: autumnraine

“ALLAHU OINKBAR!!!!!!!!!!”

;^)


36 posted on 07/09/2012 2:18:01 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!")
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To: elcid1970

Ill believe this when pigs fly,,,,,wait,,,,,never mind,,,,


37 posted on 07/09/2012 2:36:20 PM PDT by Craftmore
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To: basil

Does TSA do a full body search and patdown on the pigs? Just asking...


38 posted on 07/09/2012 2:39:32 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties, we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: IbJensen

If I had to fly with jihadists I could get a lot of emotional support from a friendly 300 pound hog.


39 posted on 07/09/2012 3:17:20 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: IbJensen

Does the pig fly free?


40 posted on 07/09/2012 4:34:40 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Common sense although common knowledge is seldom common practice.)
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To: IbJensen

My service animal is a giraffe. I am not real tall and it makes me feel insecure, so I need a tall animal to travel with me.

My wife needs a bull for her “service” animal. We won’t go into the reasons for that, though. You should see what happened to the last queer HSA guy who felt him up.


41 posted on 07/09/2012 5:45:51 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: stocksthatgoup

Obozo’s wife does.


42 posted on 07/09/2012 5:55:30 PM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: sunny48

Actually a Glock gives the greatest emotional support.


43 posted on 07/09/2012 5:59:12 PM PDT by IbJensen (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Pigs, being lighter and skinnier than the average passenger, will simplify airplane design. The downside is that this will give the airlines implicit permission to stop installing seats - now they will just scatter straw around the cabin.


44 posted on 07/09/2012 6:58:44 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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