Apparently airlines are having to make it very clear which animals you can and can’t bring on flights. Dogs, cats and oddly enough, mini horses are A-Ok, but peacocks, hamsters and snakes are a No-no.
But somehow, a woman in Florida apparently thought it would be fine to take her “emotional support squirrel” on a recent flight. She wound up getting kicked off the plane once the crew found out she’d brought a live rodent into the cabin, according to a local ABC News source.
Squirrels can be vicious, bloodthirsty creatures, but his woman maintained that hers was a therapeutic little friend.
The woman passenger somehow managed to sneak her furry friends past security and onto the plane, but Frontier Airlines explicitly bans “rodents” from their emotional support animal policy. They also ban “reptiles, insects, hedgehogs, rabbits, sugar gliders, non-household birds or improperly cleaned and/or animals with foul odor.”
“The passenger noted in their reservation that they were bringing an emotional support animal,” Frontier said in a statement to local ABC affiliate WFTV, “but it was not indicated that it was a squirrel.”
Unfortunately for Frontier, this woman wouldn’t back down: When the crew asked her to leave the plane, she flat-out refused. The airline then had to call the police to deal with her, and they made every single passenger onboard get off the plane so they could go in and wrangle her, along with, of course, her squirrel.
Eventually, the police were able to escort the woman off the plane in a wheelchair, while she toted her squirrel in her lap in what looks like a cat carrier. Her inconvenienced fellow passengers were outraged because they had been delayed for two hours and forced to evacuate their flight. They cheered as she made her way out of the plane.
In a video of her dramatic exit, you can hear her yell “shut up, bitch!” at a passenger before throwing up a defiant middle finger, and then, perplexingly, a thumbs-up as she’s wheeled toward the main terminal.