#TerrorInTheSkies: Service Animal Rules & Pilot Half Sucked Out


American Airlines has released new rules on service animals and they seem, well, a bit arbitrary.

Now, maybe that's just because they know way more about animals than I do, but I gotta say that if my service goat was removed from the plane while another person's service miniature horse was not, I might become a little annoyed.

Sure, airlines needed to start laying down some ground rules, with the use of service and support animals going up by more than 40 percent between 2016 and 2017.

In a statement, American Airlines said:

“We support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs for a trained service or support animal.  Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft.”

What does that mean?

Well, it means that there are now a whole lot of animals on the no-fly list.

They are:

  • Amphibians
  • Ferrets
  • Goats
  • Hedgehogs
  • Insects
  • Reptiles
  • Rodents
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Sugar gliders
  • Non-household birds (farm poultry, waterfowl, game birds, & birds of prey)
  • Animals with tusks, horns or hooves (excluding miniature horses properly trained as service animals)
  • Any animal that is unclean / has an odor

What kind of animal doesn't smell?  Don't they all?  

Even dogs that just got a bath only smell good when compared to other dogs. It's not like you'd want your house to smell like your bathed dog.

Anyways...

Read the full story at CBS and check out all the rules at American Airlines

Captain Liu Chuanjian was flying Airbus A319 for Sichuan Airlines 3U8633 from Chongqing, China to Lhasa, Tibet when...

BANG!!!

"There was no warning.  The windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. The next thing I knew, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out."

Luckily the co-pilot had his seatbelt on and was pulled back into the cockpit.

"Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air.  I couldn't hear the radio. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges."

Why was everything floating?

Probably because the plane was plummeting from 32,000 feet down to 24,000 feet.

Captain Liu ultimately brought the plane to ground, where all 119 passengers exited the plane unharmed.

As cool as that is, Lazy Pig Girl asks a good question:

"How could this sort of thing happen?! Please investigate the reason and punish the people responsible! Take this as an example - to make sure nothing irreversible ever happens!"

Read the full story at BBC


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