The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 prohibits airlines from discriminating against passengers with disabilities, and thus they must make reasonable accommodations for them which allow them to fly — like having access to their emotional support animals.
Reforms may be coming, like limiting the kinds of animals allowed on planes. But in the meantime almost anything goes.
Like an emotional support duck on an American Airlines regional carrier flight between Charlotte and Asheville, North Carolina.
It was a duck. Making his way down the aisle.
Wearing red shoes. And a Captain America diaper.
The duck’s human introduced him to their fellow, now-amused passengers: This was Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt, or Daniel for short. He is a 4 1/2-year-old Indian Runner duck and is her emotional support animal, she explained.
This was the duck’s first time on a plane, and the passenger had a doctor’s note.
@mark_essig caught video and perhaps ironically, he’s the author of A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig
Here is a 3-second video of Daniel the emotional support duck. His human says, 'and wagging? That's happy.' pic.twitter.com/WElW9d827o
— Mark Essig (@mark_essig) October 17, 2016