Folks settling in for a Frontier Air flight from Orlando to Cleveland last night endured a two-hour delay after police were called to deal with a woman who tried to bring a squirrel onboard.
Everything and anything can be an emotional support animal, basically, and the unnamed woman claimed the squirrel was hers.
That may well be true, and it's not the first emotional support squirrel to make its way into the news. A Florida man fought his condo board after they objected to Brutus, a squirrel he rescued after Hurricane Matthew and became attached to afterward.
Ryan Boylan, of Clearwater Beach, rescued Brutis after the storm rocked Florida in October 2016. Boylan, who has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident, said he quickly became attached to the animal.
“Ever since then I mean, oh my God, I can’t imagine not being around her,” Ryan Boylan, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, explained to a local TV station..
When it comes to housing, Boylan was on the right side of the law. The Fair Housing Act specifically includes provisions for emotional support animals without defining, really, what qualifies or doesn't.
When it comes to air travel, the unnamed woman seems to be on the right side of the law as well. The Air Carrier Access Act also specifically includes provisions for emotional support animals. Provided she alerted the airline that she'd be traveling with an ESA (which she did) and had the requisite letter from her doctor (unclear, but probable), she and her companion should have been good to go.
Frontier, for its part, said that rodents are not allowed on its aircraft.
Police were thus called after the woman refused to leave the plane and Brutus no longer has the emotional support squirrel limelight all to himself.