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Airline requires potty pads for guide animals
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In this article we see a major airline requiring absorbent pads for guide animals flying on Virgin airlines:
In this case, it appears that an airline employee assumed that the guide animal did not have sufficient bladder control and required a pad to allow the guide dog to urinate inside the cabin:
"They didn't tell me I needed one (when I booked) and
(at the airport) wouldn't tell me where I could buy one," Mrs Stewart
said. "I started to cry, which is really embarrassing for me because I
wanted to stay calm and resolve the situation."
In the USA, FAA regulations require any guide animals traveling on a commercial airliner to not present any health or safety hazard, and it has always been the policy of the Guide Horse Foundation never to allow a Guide Horse to relieve themselves aboard a commercial airliner.
Evidently this is also the official policy of Virgin airlines, as noted in the article:
Virgin Blue spokesman David Huttner told The
Courier-Mail yesterday that staff did not follow proper procedure. An
apology would be given to the Stewarts.
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