Support squirrels are a nutty idea

Published Nov 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

Reports of weird exotic support animals on passenger flights get weirder all the time.

There was a support peacock. Then came the support pig. And, yes, the support miniature horse.

Southwest Airlines allows the latter, which can be used as guide animals for the blind, but the airline draws the line at support snakes, hedgehogs, ferrets and, we presume, alligators.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that passengers aboard a Frontier Airline flight from Orlando to Cleveland had to disembark because a passenger refused to leave when the airline told her she couldn’t have her support squirrel in the main cabin.

It turns out that rodents are on Frontier’s banned list, and squirrels, despite their cute, fluffy tails, are rodents. If the airline industry were to go for a uniform policy regulating such animals in the cabin, it would be a good ideas and passengers would have a better idea what they can bring aboard.

For emotional support, that is.