Passengers on a recent American Airlines flight from Chicago to Omaha were understandably a bit freaked out when miniature horse boarded the plane with them.
Booked in as “Flirty the Mini Service Horse,” the seven year old was accompanying her owner Abrea Hensley on a long weekend trip visiting family in Nebraska.
Flirty has been with Hensley since 2017, supporting her with medical alerts and aiding mobility. Henley has been recording their trips together under the Twitter handle @FlirtyTheSH.
Flirty and I took to the skies, yesterday! It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Flirty was FANTASTIC and handled it all like a pro. That being said, I’m going to keep traveling by car, it’s just easier on Flirty. Flying will be reserved for emergencies and such. https://t.co/AHfHXpoU2V
— Flirty The Mini Service Horse (@FlirtyTheSH) August 30, 2019
Other passengers posted pics of Flirty, who wouldn’t want a pic of such an adorable passenger? And who would believe it if they didn’t see it?
Flirty is a good little horse and was a great passenger, although not everyone was enamoured with her being on board.
Now I’ve really seen it all. A mini horse service animal on an American Airlines flight. pic.twitter.com/aj3Uz5uZsi
— Crotbones (@Crotbones) September 3, 2019
An unofficial Instagram post from a stewardess put the record straight, saying: “Flirty is a service animal. NOT an emotional support animal although she sure would give me emotional support…”
Who’s taking their horse on their next flight? 😂😂
Too good. pic.twitter.com/0MHFMvY7md
— Racing.com (@Racing) August 31, 2019
“In addition to the provisions about service dogs, the Department’s revised ADA regulations have a new, separate provision about miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”
“(Miniature horses generally range in height from 24 inches to 34 inches measured to the shoulders and generally weigh between 70 and 100 pounds.) Entities covered by the ADA must modify their policies to permit miniature horses where reasonable.”
That settles it, Flirty is a trained animal doing a job for someone with a proven need and deserves respect for a job well done.
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Question…How obsessed am I with this? Answer…infinitely 🐴🐴🐴 #miniaturehorse FYI!!! Flirty is a service animal. NOT an emotional support animal although she sure would give me emotional support ❤️ They promptly boarded @envoyaircareers to Omaha 🥰 Check out my story to see a pic of the Envoy crew working this flight. Also check out flirty’s Instagram account at @flirty.the.mini.service.horse ❤️❤️❤️❤️