Traveler Takes Turkey on Plane for Emotional Support

A Reddit user recently posted a photo of a turkey on a flight in the U.S. An increasing number of flights are allowing animals on board to help cure anxiety, stress and fear of flying. It is believed the turkey was an "emotional support animal."

Airlines such as U.S. Airways, United Airlines, WestJet and American Airlines allow pets on board for an additional charge--there are limits on routes and flight times.

Reddit user, biggestlittlepickle, shared that their flight attendant friend took the picture. SoberHaySeed wrote, "Sometimes I think people are just trying to one up each other on how crazy their pick of emotional support animal can be. First dogs, then cats, guinea pigs, miniature horses, 500 pound pot bellied pigs, and now a god damned turkey."

AndDurbee wrote, "I have an intense fear of chickens. And seeing this picture made my heart rate shoot up, so I guess I'm afraid of turkeys, too. I would be incredibly uncomfortable on that flight."

The same user shared a photo of the turkey being transported in a wheelchair. Under the U.S. Air Carrier Access Act, travelers are allowed to take animals on a flight, at no extra cost, if they can't function without the support of the animal.

In recent years, there has been a rise in these types of applications. Reddit user shinyhappypanda wrote "You don't even have to fill out paperwork or go to a doctor. You can just claim any animal is a service animal and then take it anywhere. My coworker's family member has a terribly behaved dog as a service animal and takes him everywhere."

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