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It's bad enough flying during the holidays, but imagine sitting next to a literal pig. That was the scenario for a passenger at Bradley International Airport outside Hartford, Conn., who found himself seated next to a young woman and her emotional support pig. University of Massachusetts professor Jonathan Skolnik initially thought his seatmate was carrying a duffel bag.
"It's no duffel bag but a rather stout PIG ... on a leash," he wrote in an email to The Associated Press and reported on NBCConnecticut. "Am I dreaming? Oh no, it gets worse: the pig is incontinent."
The pig's owner tied the animal to the armrest, but was hampered by the pig relieving himself in the aisle. It then managed to untether itself and began running up and down the aisle.
All this happened before the plane took off. U.S. Airways personnel decided the pig was too disruptive and ordered the animal and its owner off the plane.
Pet owners are allowed to bring emotional service animals on board with them, but they're usually dogs or cats and often travel in carriers. Don't be surprised if this incident, which quickly went viral, may prompt policy changes among the airlines.