Monday, June 5, 2017


FOX10 News | WALA
Frightening moments out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a Delta spokesperson said a passenger was bitten by an emotional support dog aboard a Delta flight.
Delta said the passenger had to be taken off the flight to receive medical attention. Passenger, Bridget Maddox-Peoples said it appeared the man was mauled by the dog and was badly injured.  “The gentleman’s face was completely bloody, blood in his eyes, cheeks, nose, his mouth, his shirt was covered in blood,” said Maddox-Peoples.
Maddox-Peoples said  the dog was possibly a LAB MIX  weighing about 50 pounds.  She also said the victim was sitting by the window and the dog's owner was in the middle seat with his dog. Another passenger said he saw the dog sitting in his owner's lap. 
Maddox-Peoples said Delta’s flight crew immediately got help and paramedics walked the man off the plane.  She said the man was noticeably shaken up.
Delta issued the following statement to FOX 5:
"Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN,  a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger's emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention. Local law enforcement cleared the dog, and the dog and its owner were re-accomodated on a later flight; the dog will fly in a kennel."
Another passenger tells FOX 5's Nathalie Pozo that the dog's owner was described by the flight crew as a "combat veteran" and that the man was cradling the dog in his arms in the gate area and the crew saw him weeping, repeatedly saying, "I know they're going to put him down."
The condition of the man who was injured was not immediately known.

Delta Air Lines passenger was left bloody and badly injured after being attacked by an emotional support dog aboard a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
A Delta spokesperson told Fox 5 Atlanta that the victim was removed from the flight so that he could receive medical attention.
"The gentleman’s face was completely bloody, blood in his eyes, cheeks, nose, his mouth, his shirt was covered in blood," passenger Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox 5.
She described the dog as a possible lab mix weighing an estimated 50 pounds.
According to Maddox-Peoples, the victim was sitting by the window while the dog's owner was in the middle seat. She said the flight crew reacted immediately and paramedics boarded the plane to render medical attention.
The man's status is unknown, but Maddox-Peoples said he appeared shaken up. Delta confirmed the incident in a statement to Fox 5 and said the dog and its owner eventually departed Atlanta on a later flight.
"Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger's emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention. Local law enforcement cleared the dog, and the dog and its owner were re-accommodated on a later flight; the dog will fly in a kennel."
Another passenger told Fox 5 that the crew saw the dog's owner crying after the incident fearing that the dog would be put down as a result.
The incident highlights what appears to be a growing trend that has bred some skepticism.
Veteran Atlanta-based flight attendant Jen Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last year that she has seen a noticeable increase in support animals of late.
While it's not clear which travelers are flouting the rules, Williams believes there are more than a few bad apples.
"It’s definitely gotten carried away to the point where people are taking advantage of the system," Williams told the publication. "It’s hard when someone is following protocol and they’re not allowed to take the animal out of the cage, but others use the loophole to have an animal sit on their lap."


Anonymous said...

Right. Law enforcement "cleared the dog", meaning neither dog nor owner is responsible? The poor guy who was attacked is liable for all his own medical bills, etc.?

This has totally gotten out of hand. On one recent flight, I saw THREE therapy/emotional support dogs. One 10ish pounds, one near 40 and one a 100 lbs husky type dog. Imagine sitting next to that one on the owner's lap? What if the neighbor was a fearful child or had allergies? Can't wait for the first dog fight to break out on board.

Anonymous said...

We all know it was a pit bull. Not a pit bull mix, or a lab mix, or a boxer mix, but a straight up pure bred pit bull.

Labrador Retrievers are common service dogs and pose no threat to the public at large. Labs have to have good temperaments to perform their duties, otherwise, even their "companions" would be in danger. It is common for pit bull rescuers to place pit bull emotional service animals with veterans.

Pit bull emotional service animals are the biggest fraud out there. Pit bulls have no business in polite society, let alone confined spaces like airplanes. Pit bulls, even "service" pit bulls, should be banned from all airlines.

If you have emotional issues, you need far more help than a pit bull can offer. I have issues flying on airplanes. You don't see me trying to bring a giraffe on a flight. If the airlines were smart, they'd offer human emotional service for people with emotional issues, to help them get to their destination. This nonsense of animals providing emotional support is the latest fad in getting pit bulls into places they do not belong.

Anonymous said...

Having lived next an aggressive black lab that had to be removed by animal control due it chasing and snarling at the neighbors when it escaped, I don't find it hard to believe that one could bite a man on a plane.

If this was a real service dog I'd be more skeptical, but it was likely just some shelter dog and has had no training.

The last time I was on a plane I was not allowed to have a small bag on my lap containing a couple paperback books before the plane took off. I had to put it below my seat. Surely if a bag is potentially too deadly to have in your lap, then an unrestrained animal with a mouthful of teeth should be as well.

Perhaps people who want to fly with their pets can be kenneled in the cargo hold with them.

Anonymous said...

I read through 500+ comments on the Daily Mail article. A few people kept insisting the dog was a chocolate lab or lab/pointer mix because it looks like their own dog. So I guess the bogus shelter labels work on some folks. Most commenters who mentioned breed realized it is a pit or pit mix.

A number of people pointed out that if a passenger objects to sitting next to an emotional support animal, they may be the one asked to leave. One guy said they had flown with an emotional support chicken on a plane, pooping throughout the flight. I found a news story about someone flying with an emotional support turkey. Others had endured dog flatulence. I would imagine there have been all sorts of yucky accidents. I'm surprised there hasn't been a dog fight yet. My dog is sweet but would be a problem at meal time begging food and probably snatching some from the unwary. I wonder if the airlines limit the number of dogs per flight. What do you do when you go to the bathroom, take your dog to that tiny space with you or leave it in the seat?

Emotional support pit bulls shouldn't be a thing but no dog, certainly not 50 pounders, should be crammed into tight spaces like that on board an airplane full of strange people, sounds and smells. Most dogs are going to be miserable in that situation. Fellow passengers shouldn't be subjected to the dog at those close quarters either.

At a minimum dogs in the cabin should be crated or muzzled and harnessed/strapped into their own seat for everyone's safety including their own. Sitting next to an animal should be voluntary for the other passengers as much as possible to accommodate allergies, illness, phobias or simple personal preference.

Anonymous said...

I've been on a plane that hit severe turbulence. I can only imagine how fun that would be with service animals flying through the air.

SadFalada said...

Labs have short hair, but it's dense, oily, thick and textured, far removed from the thin tight coat a pit wears. Labs are common dogs, can anyone have failed to notice that, plus the very different head and body anatomy? Why all the gullibility about accepting obvious pits as labs or mixes? Pits put a uniquely ugly stamp on any breed they taint . Not much need to guess when you see a lumpy bifurcated head and squat barrel body.
Emotional support. What have we become, that it's almost popular to advertise that we're incapable of navigating ordinary life without some strange organism soothing your hysterical sensibilities while providing threat or annoyance or nuisance to everyone else.
Now THAT is emotional validation.