An out-of-control pig and its owner were taken off a US Airways flight from Hartford, Connecticut, to Washington’s Reagan Airport on Wednesday morning, after the pet defecated on the floor and started squealing uncontrollably.
Passenger Rob Phelps told The Daily Mail that he had already boarded the plane when he saw the pig being led into the cabin on a leash. He said that the 80-pound pig was screaming “three times louder than a child”, as its female owner led it down the aisle with her feet because the unruly animal refused to move on its own. Mr. Phelps added:
It was ridiculous. It started to smell and flight attendants told her to clean the mess up.
It only took a few minutes for passengers to start complaining as the pig got more and more distressed. Mr. Phelps added that the woman was talking to her pet like a human being, calling it a “jerk” for misbehaving. She had been allowed to take the pig on board for “emotional support”, in accordance to Department for Transportation guidelines.
Staff quickly realized that this wasn’t going to work, so they led both the animal and passenger out of the cabin.
1. A passenger has described how a pig that was escorted from a US Airways flight was defecating everywhere and squealing uncontrollably, forcing flight attendants to escort its owner off the plane.
2. Rob Phelps described how the woman was talking to the pig like a human during the ordeal, calling it a ‘jerk’ for not behaving. He added that the pig weighed around 80 pounds.
3. This woman was kicked off a US Airways flight because her pet pig was stinking up the cabin.
Photo: Twitter via @AngelicaSpanos.
Describing the moment passengers saw the pig, Mr. Phelps said:
There was instant silence. There was a mixture of controllable laughter and shock. You couldn’t write this. I have seen dogs and cats in cages on a plane — but never a pig.
This was not a small pig. When she held it over her shoulder it reached her waist. I don’t even know how it got through. You have the TSA and intense security and yet it still was let on board.
Mr. Phelps said that the pig was the only topic of conversation in the cabin during the rest of the flight.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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