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A woman was booted from a plane ahead of a flight Tuesday night after airline staff realized she was accompanied by her emotional support squirrel, FOX 8 Cleveland reports.
Frontier Airlines said the passenger was headed from Orlando, Florida, to Cleveland when she was asked to exit the plane. Twitter user Ken Casparis said he was on the same flight as the woman, who somehow passed through security with the squirrel.
Update: apparently it was a #therapysquirrel that she legit got through security, but it violated Frontier policy, so they had to remove her. Passengers were asked to deplane because she refused and they wanted to make sure they could remove her without issue. https://t.co/6X2MX8uVRj— Ken Casparis (@kencasparis) October 10, 2018
I was! The police removed her from the flight and everyone was allowed to re-board.— Ken Casparis (@kencasparis) October 10, 2018
“Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights. The passenger was advised of the policy and asked to deplane,” said a Frontier spokeswoman, according to Cleveland 19 News.
After staff asked the woman to exit the plane, she reportedly refused. All passengers were then deplaned, and police escorted the woman and her squirrel to the main terminal at Orlando International Airport.
"Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights": Police remove woman from plane after she tried to bring a squirrel on board, claiming it was an emotional support animal. https://t.co/R6OsYYuqYW pic.twitter.com/oLCYnz3NlW— ABC News (@ABC) October 10, 2018
Other passengers on the flight tweeted as the incident unfolded.
i just want everyone to know that all passengers had to deplane my flight to cleveland because a woman brought a SQUIRREL ON THE PLANE pic.twitter.com/TAdzUuKRWe— Julia Papesch (@julia_papesch) October 10, 2018
So im flying back to cleveland and everyone got on the plane then was asked to exit the plane. Only to later find out a woman brought a squirrel in her carry on and labeled it as her emotional support pet. Then refuses to get off the plane until the cops come😂😂— Brandon Nixon (@bnix4) October 10, 2018
You can't make this stuff up😅— Brandon Nixon (@bnix4) October 10, 2018
The things people try to bring on planes these days— Alyssa -insert last name here- (@ADosemagen) October 10, 2018
My kids were on that flight! That woman is just 🥜 nuts— Jennifer (@jenlawson98) October 10, 2018
According to the Frontier Airlines website, only dogs and cats will be allowed on flights as emotional support animals starting Nov. 1. Reptiles, insects, and rabbits, as well as animals with “disruptive behavior,” are also not allowed on board.
Frontier Airlines did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.
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Sunny Kim studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and Popular Mechanics.