Passengers bring emotional support animals on flights with them all the time, so when one passenger made note on her Frontier Airlines reservation that she was bringing one with her, the airline staff thought nothing of it. When she arrived, however, they realized the woman found her emotional support not though a dog or cat...but through a squirrel.
Y’all there is an emotional support squirrel on my flight. I can’t make this up— 🖤kmoney (@🖤kmoney)1539128228.0
She had not warned Frontier she'd be bringing a squirrel, and the airline was forced to remove the woman due to their policy regarding rodents (none are allowed on board).
@FlyFrontier flight 1612 from Orlando to Cleveland was just deplaned. Word in the terminal is that a woman was clai… https://t.co/lJCnUME8oF— Ken Casparis (@Ken Casparis)1539130163.0
Update: apparently it was a #therapysquirrel that she legit got through security, but it violated Frontier policy,… https://t.co/CVegEALxI5— Ken Casparis (@Ken Casparis)1539132759.0
The world demanded more details as word got out there was a squirrel being forcibly removed from a plane.
@kencasparis Were you on the same flight? Looking to find her or the service animal. Let us know!— Desk Local 6 (@Desk Local 6)1539140729.0
@DeskLocal6 I was! The police removed her from the flight and everyone was allowed to re-board.— Ken Casparis (@Ken Casparis)1539143380.0
Video footage shows the passenger being removed. Once she was off the flight, the rest of the airline attendees were reportedly let back on the plane.
‘Emotional support squirrel’ delays flight to Cleveland, video shows owner being ejected from plane… https://t.co/5Fv88D9nzA— Cleveland 19 News (@Cleveland 19 News)1539162036.0
Before being removed, the passenger tried to stand her ground and demand "her rights."
Snarled by Squirrel: Passengers reported the woman said she ‘knew her rights’ and refused to get off the flight 🐿… https://t.co/Q6OhV4Y6lN— Julian Glover (@Julian Glover)1539162833.0
Unfortunately for the passenger, Frontier Airline's policy on rodents is quite clear:
"Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights": Police remove woman from plane after she tried… https://t.co/3ocXRzuKAH— ABC News (@ABC News)1539165141.0
The airline stated that the woman had noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal wi… https://t.co/1p3beGaUn1— Fox 35 News (@Fox 35 News)1539174812.0
Emotional support squirrel’s owner flips the bird as she’s kicked off Frontier flight from #Florida… https://t.co/T1viGyScpL— Miami Herald (@Miami Herald)1539175906.0
Twitter was quite amused by the strange incident:
@ABC Picturing an emotional support dog chasing an emotional support squirrel around the plane cabin— sarah semegen (@sarah semegen)1539166125.0
@ABC *googles where to get an emotional support squirrel*— Saven Chadha (@Saven Chadha)1539196052.0
@saucyincle I am so scared of squirrels I’m so serious I would have skipped that flight 😭— Maj Lee (@Maj Lee)1539128289.0
Even some squirrel-based accounts chimed in!
@GemCrypto @fox8news The truth is, we did nothing wrong. She has ALL of her paperwork legally registered and she tr… https://t.co/DCaruDLvcw— Squirrel Master 🐿 (@Squirrel Master 🐿)1539197209.0
@fox8news Did the squirrel not get a bag of peanuts before he was deplaned?— Rosie Greene (@Rosie Greene)1539196396.0
A word to the wise: always check to make sure your squirrel is welcome before you take it to a public place.