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Patricia Cornwell with Trip, one of the horses she donated to the guide Horse Foundation

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Seeing-Eye Pigs? -- The Perils of owner-trained service animals

This article describes (in a humorous way) what can happen when an un-trained service animal files in the passenger cabin of a commercial aircraft:

The whole premise of the pig getting on board is that he was classified as a "service" animal (like a Seeing Eye dog), but I think he was a "customer service" animal, trying to show up the regular US Airways employees for manners, friendliness and snorting.

So now there's a guide pig on a plane flying from Philadelphia to Seattle. Five hours. Where does the animal relieve himself? Turns out, on the floor. But let's not ruin any of the surprises. Here's the flight chronology for your service logic and managerial enjoyment:

  • The pig is seated in front of seats 1A and 1C -- with his rump sticking into the aisle.
  • The pig is insulted by not being offered a preflight cocktail.
  • The pig paid no attention to the flight safety announcements.
  • The pig is given the menu for in-flight dining. The pig eats the menu.
  • The pig refuses the in-flight meal and is heard muttering: "I'm not gonna eat that slop. Pigs have standards you know."
  • The pig is outraged when he discovers the meal contains bacon.
  • The pig gets into his first argument, insisting on watching reruns of "Green Acres."
  • The pig has to "use the facilities," mistakes the aisle for the bathroom and relieves himself as he wallows around the cabin. Flight attendants immediately complain to their union that the airline has not equipped them with pooper-scoopers and secretly plan a work slowdown. (Don't worry -- when airline employees "slow down" no one can tell.)
  • The flight attendants become increasingly frustrated that the pig is smelling worse than the airplane bathrooms and demand that the pig fit under the seat in front of the passenger -- but the joke's on them because they're in the bulkhead, and this means the pig would have to go in the overhead cabin, and you know how slippery those 250-pound devils are.
  • Finally, the crew has had it and confronts the pig's owners about the rudeness and ill manners of the pig -- whereupon the pig snorts the infamous, "Don't you know who I am?" line.
  • By the end of the flight, the pig was going "hog wild," if you'll excuse the expression. Cavorting and you-know-what-ing all over the cabin. But -- pigs will be pigs.



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