USAirways Pig Follow-Up: Rediculous

Wed Dec 06, 2000 2:59 am

Pigs can fly as service pets, FAA says

Airline exonerated in case of 300-pound porker in first class


WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 — Aviation regulators said on Wednesday that US Airways did nothing wrong in allowing a 300-pound pet pig to fly first class last month from Philadelphia to Seattle. The porker named “Charlotte,” owned by a woman with a heart condition who says the animal’s presence helps relieve stress, ran squealing through the Boeing 757’s cabin on landing, discharging feces as it went.
FAA spokesman on FAA recommendations for carrying pigs BUT FAA’S Philadelphia flight standards office decided the pig complied with Department of Transportation policy on allowing individuals with a disability to travel with their service animals.
The FAA has no recommendations on how to carry pigs in the future. “The carriers will have to cross that sty when they come to it,” said FAA spokesman Jim Peters.
“US Airways and its employees acted in a reasonable, thoughtful manner based on a legitimate request to transport a qualified individual with a disability and her service animal,” Peters said.
Airlines needed only credible verbal assurances that the animal was a legitimate service animal. The FAA said it was implied the animal was trained and would be under control. “Basically we accept the word of the passenger,” said Peters.
But US Airways spokesman David Castelveter said future requests for service animal travel would be carefully evaluated.
“An incident like this will not happen again,” he said. “Any decision you make regarding bringing an animal on board, you would have to consider the safety factors.”
But would US Airways accept a pig in the future?
“You’d have to evaluate that based upon its merit,” Castelveter said.
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RE: USAirways Pig Follow-Up: Rediculous

Wed Dec 06, 2000 3:27 am

It's bad enough flying in cramped seats- I don't need pigs flying beside me.

RE: USAirways Pig Follow-Up: Rediculous

Wed Dec 06, 2000 4:50 am

Unfortunately, sometimes we are not able to choose our fellow passengers. I have very nice memories of some kind individual sharing the smell of his feet with me, by placing them on my armrest (He sat behind me), while his friend placed the feet on the headrest of the passenger beside me. Oh, the joy of flying economy class.....

However, if I paid a fortune to fly first class, I would seriously not want any pigs, whether of the human or other kind, flying anywhere near me.
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RE: USAirways Pig Follow-Up: Rediculous

Wed Dec 06, 2000 4:56 am

This has obviously been a day when FAA was in good mood. I can see the logic: "Let carriers carry farm animals on board, and when they do, or when they refuse to, let's investigate and if possible fine them!"
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RE: USAirways Pig Follow-Up: Rediculous

Wed Dec 06, 2000 5:34 am

It's disgusting, infantile, and stupid. Both the idiotic passenger who made the request and the pig should have been denied boarding.