I understand that many people need service animals. These animals are well trained and they do appear to make life so much better for the humans they work with. I guess there must be a bit of a difference between a service animal and a support animal.

A support animal is an animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship. The animal is usually a dog or a cat. Most people would simply have a human friend or family member for that kind of support. I don't want to seem unkind because the more people I meet the more I like my dog. So I do get it.

In this case, the support animal was a pig. If we are being quite candid, there are a lot of things I don't think go well with flying. I'd have to say sitting next to a pig would probably be on my personal list. The only thing worse might be what happened next.

Because of its status as a support animal, the pig was allowed on a U.S. Airways flight over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Passengers on the flight had no real issue with the 60-pound pig until the animal began to defecate in the aisle of the plane. If you think it smells bad when someone takes off their shoes then you can imagine the complaints that were being lodged on this particular flight.

Fortunately, the flight in question had not left the ground. Flight attendants were able to clean up the "accident". It was when the pig continued to have stomach issues that the woman and the pig were asked to leave the flight. There was no word as to how long the flight was delayed. Needless to say, there are a few hundred travellers who have a holiday travel horror story that will top just about any other story out there.

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