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Sully, apparently, wants the Department of Transport to tighten the leash on the emotional support animal.
Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, who safely landed a US Airways flight on the Hudson River in 2009, in what became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” told of his support for the Association of flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), which recently launched an an appeal is made to the Section to make clear the standards for the classification of emotional-support animals.
A retired pilot Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger III, said on Twitter that “most of the passengers are, too often, to bring on board the flights, animals will not be allowed to be put on a plane.”
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The AFA’s statement was in response to a July 22 incident in which a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight and operated by a Messenger of the Skies, was bitten on the hand by an emotional support dog is in between Dallas and Greensboro, N. C. He received five stitches.
“Passengers frequently bring on-board the flights, animals that are not allowed to be in the air. This has to stop,” Sullenberger tweeted to the AFA on Friday night, along with a link to a USA Today article on the incident.
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The Tuesday before (AFA), representing more than 50,000 flight attendants across the 20 airlines had called the Item “in action”, with respect to the establishment of standards for an emotional support animal.”
“What happened on [July 22] American Airlines, the flight is completely unacceptable and inexcusable,” the statement read. “For years, AFA has come out in favour of the role that trained dogs can provide to the passengers in the cabin, but we are also called upon to take action in relation to the establishment of standards for an emotional support animal.
“We need to get the Department of Transportation to do something about it, so that events like what happened yesterday, do not continue to occur on our aircraft. This is basically to maintain the safety and security of the health, safety, and the safety and security of its passengers and crew, while guaranteeing access for those who need it.”
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The topic of emotional support animals on commercial aircraft, has proven to be one of the most high-profile travel in the topics of the aerospace sector, perhaps stimulated by the emotional support to others, called Dexter, which was rejected aboard a United Airlines flight in January, 2018.
Several service providers have been tightening the leash on their respective rules and regulations relating to the transport of both companion and service animals in the sky.
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Janine Puhak, contributed to this report.