PASSENGERS were left feeling a little sick when they reportedly spotted a woman breastfeeding a cat onboard a flight.
According to a now-viral message which appears to be from the pilot, the woman refused to stop the questionable activity despite repeated pleas from the cabin crew.
Horrified passengers onboard Delta Air flight DL1360 to Atlanta reportedly watched on in horror as the woman took caring for her cat a step too far.
As the woman would not put her pet back in its carrier, the pilot demanded Delta’s Redcoat ground team meet the customer after landing to reprimand her.
An Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System message, reportedly from the flight’s crew, reads: “Req Redcoat meet AC Pax (passenger) in (seat) 13A is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in its carrier when FA (flight attendant) requested.”
The American airline has experienced an 84 per cent surge in incidents relating to emotional support animals in the past few years, forcing them to tighten regulations.
But, unlike this case, it is usually the animal acting up rather than their owner.
Rules state that passengers are allowed to bring their small dogs and cats in the cabin, but must stay in a case under the seat in front for the entire flight.
The phrase “emotionally supportive” has been interpreted broadly over the years, and in a statement, Delta said they had seen “comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders, and more,” taken on planes.
Over the years, a whole host of bizarre animals have been spotted on flights including ducks, turkeys and even horses.
Emotional support animals are different from service animals, in that they do not help their owners with a disability.
Instead, they provide help for problems including PTSD, anxiety or depression.
While a number of airlines are banning some emotional support animals, many still allow them on.
In one case, an emotional support duck called Daniel joined a passenger who suffered from PTSD.
He was brought on board to help her when she is about to have a panic attack, by putting his feet on her chest so she lies down.
Meanwhile in 2019, a miniature pony graced an American Airlines flight.
The horse is called Flirty and even has its own Instagram and Twitter account.
Her owner wrote on social media: “Once we got up to cruising altitude, she took a nap and was very quiet.
“That being said, I’m going to keep travelling by car, it’s just easier on Flirty. Flying will be reserved for emergencies and such.”
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