Pot-bellied pigs must be granted passage on airplanes if they are used for “emotional support” by their owners, states the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) draft manual on equity for the disabled in air travel.
The DOT published its “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Draft Technical Assistance Manual” in the Federal Register on July 5, providing guidance that allows swine on airplanes if they are determined to be service animals.
What happens when the pig wants to squirt out some smelly greenish brown goo?
Carriers must also provide “relief areas” for service animals. “With respect to terminal facilities you own, lease, or control at a U.S. airport, you must, in cooperation with the airport operator, provide relief areas for service animals that accompany passengers with a disability who are departing, arriving, or connecting at an airport on your flights,” the manual states.
This gives an idea of how federal regulations manage to cost us close to $2,000,000,000,000.00 per year (PDF).
Pot-bellied pigs weigh as much as 300 pounds. Disabilities can include psychiatric ailments that boil down to being weird.
There are some limits to the insanity — for now:
Though pot-bellied pigs are permissible, the DOT forbids some animals from aircraft. “As a U.S. carrier, you are not required to carry certain unusual service animals in the aircraft cabin such as ferrets, rodents, spiders, snakes and other reptiles,” it states.
However, it is only a matter of time before someone with a pet rattlesnake and an emotional “disability” sues because they don’t allow snakes on planes.
Horses and monkeys are already allowed. No really.
Yet passengers are strictly forbidden to bring shampoo in containers larger than 3 ounces. We can’t have anarchy in the skies, you know.
Ham-fisted government edicts have so many unintended consequences that it was only a matter of time until they finally produced a beneficial one. Pigs on planes could help ward off Muslims.
On tips from Gary A and Varla.