Miniature Service Horse Accompanies Owner on American Airlines Flight

by Erich Martin

Sep 10, 2019
eFlyer Lead

Frequent travelers are familiar with the different guidelines and restrictions airlines place on animals traveling in the main cabin.

Recently, the Department of Transportation released new guidelines and regulations for U.S.-based airlines. Among them: Miniature horses are included in the list of animals airlines must allow on flights, assuming owners provide proper documentation.

Last week, an American Airlines passenger flying out of Chicago took the airline up on that promise. A miniature horse named Flirty boarded an American Airlines flight to Nebraska. Flirty’s owner, Abrea Hensley, was traveling to visit family over the long weekend.

According to Omaha.com, Flirty is 7 and has been with Hensley since 2017. Before coming to help Hensley, Flirty was a show pony. Now, she assists with transportation and medical alerts. Flirty was popular on board, and even posed for a picture with the crew, which can be found on Flirty’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Flirty is a service animal, and trained to provide a specific benefit or aid to her owner. Support animals are not trained in such a way, and typically offer intangible emotional support to a person.

What is the strangest animal you have ever seen on a flight? Would you have said anything if Flirty and her owner were on your flight? Tell us. Email us at [email protected]. Please include your full and location.

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